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Trans-Canada Highway re-opens following mudslide west of Banff

Storm clouds form over Banff's Vermillion Lakes (file photo)
Storm clouds form over Banff's Vermillion Lakes (file photo)

Staff writers

July 21, 2012 — Heavy rain, strong winds and lightning moved into Alberta Friday afternoon, causing a mudslide that closed the Trans-Canada Highway in both directions 2 km west of Banff.

Local RCMP re-opened the Trans-Canada Highway around 1 a.m. Saturday, after a mudslide closed the roadway in both directions Friday afternoon.

"The rain came down very hard over a short period of time, so it's no surprise the area experienced a mudslide," says Amanda De Monte, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

No injuries were reported, but traffic was backed up hundreds of kilometres for several hours as crews tend to the scene. Officials were forced to restrict traffic entering into nearby Banff due to the heavy influx of commuters.

Crews worked through the night to remove mud and debris from the road.

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