Mudslide hits western Canadian town

Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:09pm EDT
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VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A mudslide destroyed about a dozen buildings including five homes Sunday in the fruit growing region of southern British Columbia, police and local media said.

No fatalities were immediately reported, but rescue crews using a helicopter and dogs were searching the wrecked building near Oliver, British Columbia for possible victims, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

A major roadway was also closed when the slide covered it with up to 12 feet of mud, police said.

The cause of the slide was not known, but residents of the town about 160 miles east of Vancouver told local media it may have been caused by water escaping from a mountain stream that became clogged with debris during rains last week.

(Reporting Allan Dowd; Editing by Sandra Maler)