Heavy rains washed out the railroad track near Wynndel yesterday.

Heavy rains washed out the railroad track near Wynndel yesterday.

Heavy rains erode Highway 3A and railway track north of Creston

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  • Jun. 21, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Exceptionally  heavy rains have caused the partial closure of Highway 3A near Sirdar and undermined the railway track at Wynndel.

“Highway 3A is open approximately 24km north of Creston, with single lane alternating traffic,” Cliff Razzo, Highways Department area manager, said on Friday morning. “Traffic control personnel are on site. In addition, the maintenance contractor, Yellow Head Road and Bridge (Kootenay) and Ministry of Transportation staff are on site making preparations for repairs.”

The southbound lane washed out yesterday after nearly 24 hours of heavy rain.

Repair crews are already on the scene in Wynndel, scrambling to replace the railway bed with rock and boulders in an effort to stabilize the tracks. No information has been made available about how long the track could be closed to train traffic.

Motorists are advised to check with www.drivebc.ca for up-to-date road and weather information, including recent weather-related weather issues affecting highways in Southeastern BC.