A mudslide has closed Highway 18 to Lake Cowichan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

A mudslide has closed Highway 18 to Lake Cowichan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

UPDATE: Mudslide closes Highway 18 to Lake Cowichan for westbound traffic

A detour is being put in place on Cowichan Lake Road

UPDATE: Highway 18 is open for eastbound traffic only. There is a detour in place for westbound traffic. Eastbound traffic should expect minor delays.

Highway 18 in the Cowichan Valley has been closed due to a mudslide.

Mainroad Contracting was notifying the public Thursday afternoon that the main artery connecting the Cowichan Lake area to the rest of the Cowichan Valley is closed in both directions.

A detour is being put in place on Cowichan Lake Road between Cowichan Lake and Skutz Falls, they said.

More as it becomes available.

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