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Crews clear one lane of Highway 95 after mudslide buried 75-foot stretch in Boundary County

UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017

One lane of State Highway 95 was reopened in Boundary County Wednesday morning after a mudslide Tuesday night closed the highway in both directions.

The slide, about 10 feet deep and 75 feet wide, happened around 8:40 p.m. near milepost 498, about seven miles south of Bonners Ferry, said Michael Meier, director of Boundary County Emergency Management. One car was pushed off of the roadway along with mud and trees, but nobody was injured, Meier said.

Emergency crews from the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office, South Boundary Fire, Emergency Management and Idaho Department of Transportation worked through the night clearing debris, Meier said. They were able to reopen one lane Wednesday morning but are continuing to monitor the hillside.

“It’s quite a mess and that hillside is still very active,” he said. “It may be one lane for a while.”

Meier said the harsh winter and continued rain has stretched county resources thin as the county “has roads closed all over the place.”

“It’s quite a mess up here,” he said.

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