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Canadian homes evacuated over landslide fears

About 2,000 people who were evacuated from their homes in western Canada after a landslide triggered fears of a flood were allowed to return home from Saturday.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant Shawn Lemay said fears of Meager Creek flooding in British Columbia were alleviated on Saturday after the river cut a new channel, easing a build up of water.

Officials were initially concerned the area would be flooded after a landslide that struck on Friday created a dam 300m wide and 1.6km long in Meager Creek, near Pemberton. The town is 250km north of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Lemay said on Saturday that the area remains highly unstable, but the flood risk has diminished.

He warned people to stay away from the river bank as a slurry of mud and sediment from the landslide slowly flows down the river, giving the water the consistency of chocolate.

There was no immediate word on what caused the landslide.

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