Rescue personnel recovered the body of a woman from one of the landslides caused by heavy rains in the province of British Columbia, on the Canadian Pacific coast, authorities said Tuesday.
Police indicated that search and rescue efforts continue for possible additional victims after the landslides on Monday.
“Our team recovered one person,” said David MacKenzie, search and rescue director for the Pemberton district.
MacKenzie added that his team found seven vehicles at the site of the slide on Highway 99, near the city of Lillooet, and police were trying to determine if there were more bodies.
“This is a significant amount of rubble. This makes the job of our search teams difficult. The mud reaches their waists. I don’t remember our team having been in a similar situation before, ”he said.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Janelle Shoihet stated that the total number of missing persons and vehicles has not yet been confirmed.
He noted that investigators had received reports of two other people missing, but added that other motorists may have been buried in the landslide.
Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue spokesman Jonathan Gormick said that while the road was cleared of trapped vehicles or people, work will now focus on the debris field from the landslide.
Elsewhere in the province, Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said inaccessible roads were wreaking havoc in his city as police and firefighters tried to get people to evacuation centers.
“It breaks my heart to see what is happening in our city,” Braun said.