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A section of Highway 99 in British Columbia has reopened to essential travel after it was closed Wednesday so crews could clean up after a landslide.

The route between Pemberton and Lillooet is the same area where four people died and one remained missing after an initial storm on Nov. 14.

The Transportation Ministry says the roughly 80-kilometre stretch starting just north of Pemberton is restricted to essential travel for reasons such as going to work as essential personnel or transporting key supplies.

It says vehicles weighing more than 14,500 kilograms cannot yet safely travel on the mountainous route with narrow sections and sharp curves.

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Checkpoints will be in place to enforce the travel restrictions.

The ministry says highway infrastructure is vulnerable after a series of storms battered the province last month and people should be aware that Highway 99 and others could be closed at any time if conditions change.

Travel advisories are in place for sections of Highway 1 between Abbotsford Hope and north towards Boothroyd, while other sections remain closed due to flooding and landslides from Boothroyd to Lytton and Spences Bridge.

Also Saturday, Trans Mountain Corp. announced that it expected to restart its pipeline Monday following a three-week precautionary shutdown due to the record-setting rainfall, devastating flooding and landslides in southwestern B.C.

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