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Mudslide halted

BLUE MOUNTAINS - The mudslide which threatened several homes near Craigleith "has not moved any closer to the residences over night," police reported Sunday morning.

Blue Mountains Ontario Provincial Police were to remain on the scene of a landslide today, which began on Wednesday night in the area of Arrowhead Road.

"The trenches dug by The Blue Mountains officials are continuing to divert the flow of water to local drainage ditches and away from the dwellings," Const. Martin Hachey said in an e-mailed statement.

He said at least two homes in the area will remain unoccupied "until town officials can be certain that the mudslide is settled and poses no danger to life or property."

Town officials continue to monitor the situation and OPP will remain on scene, he said.

The slide is at the Alpine Ski Club near Craigleith. Trees were bowled over and water poured down the slope. Recent mild weather is a suspected cause of the mudslide.

The landslide was reported to municipal officials Wednesday night, forcing evacuation of residents of nearby million-dollar homes, some of them seasonal residences, and closing Arrowhead Crescent and Arrowhead Rd. Arrowhead Crescent was re-opened to local traffic.

Police reported Saturday morning the mudslide "only progressed 2 to 3 feet closer" overnight. That was "much less progression" compared with the advance of the slide over the past few days.

Friday the town said in a news release it had posted notices on nine homes which appeared most threatened, warning residents of them to stay away for the next 24 to 48 hours.

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