A resort north of Kaslo suffered heavy damage when Schroeder Creek overflowed this week, forcing the closure of Highway 31.
About 20 campers were evacuated around 2:30 a.m. Thursday from Schroeder Creek Resort, according to manager Randy Phipps.
“There was an avalanche up the mountain that plugged the creek,” he told the Star. “It came down and plugged the culvert and went straight through the campground.”
One large motorhome sunk into the ground with its nose sticking out, he said. The resort’s marina is full of silt and will need to be dredged, he added.
At least one boat sank and the campground has been flooded with gravel.
Sewer and water have been disconnected, although power and phones are still in service.
Phipps said there were two waves of water: the first merely caused a big mess, while the second wiped everything out. Between the two, he left to get a sewer pipe, and when he returned, “water was splashing over the hood of the truck.”
The resort is open from April 1 to October 1 but has permanent residents who store their RVs there. The owner of the one damaged by the flood waters returned last night, Phipps said.
The highway was closed but has since reopened to single-lane traffic.