The British Columbia Coroners Service has confirmed the discovery of three more bodies near the village of Pemberton, bringing to four the number of people who died in a landslide caused by heavy rains that knocked vehicles off the road .
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The British Columbia Coroners Service has confirmed the discovery of three more bodies near the village of Pemberton, bringing to four the number of people who died in a landslide caused by heavy rains that affected carried vehicles off the road.
The search for a fifth body continues, Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said in a statement on Saturday.
The mudslide occurred on Monday when a wave of rocks and debris blanketed a section of the highway between Lillooet and Pemberton.
The body of a woman was found on Monday.
Lapointe said another body was found on Wednesday and two more bodies were found on Thursday.
“Efforts continued on Friday to locate a fifth missing person, but unfortunately those attempts were unsuccessful,” she said.
The B.C. government on Friday announced it was limiting the amount of fuel people can buy at gas stations in parts of the province and restricting non-essential travel as highways begin to reopen after storms .
Provincial Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said non-essential vehicles will be limited to about eight gallons (30 liters) per trip to the gas station. The order is expected to last until December 1.
Environment Canada says 24 communities in British Columbia received nearly 100 millimeters of rain from Saturday to Monday.
The pre-emptive shutdown of the Trans Mountain pipeline during the flooding raised concerns about a fuel shortage in the province’s lower mainland and on Vancouver Island.