Slides maroon campers, church camp attendees at Owyhee Reservoir

Road crews from the county, the Nyssa Road District and the Owyhee Irrigation District are working to open the main road to the Owyhee Reservoir. (The Enterprise/File).

More than 100 people are cut off near Owyhee Reservoir after a series of mudslides closed the Owyhee Lake Road Wednesday.

Brian Wolfe, Malheur County Sheriff, said today that 75 people remain stranded at the Lake Owyhee state park while another “40 to 50 kids” are isolated at a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints camp just below the dam.

Wolfe said state parks personnel are “working to get food and water supplies to those trapped at the state park.”

“I’ve been in contact with the church camp and they have ample supplies,” said Wolfe.

Wolfe said crews from the Malheur County Road Department, the Nyssa Road District and Owyhee Irrigation are working to open Owyhee Lake Road.

Wolfe said the Vale District of the Bureau of Land Management will deploy a caterpillar to the area to help open the road.

A severe thunderstorm that rolled through the local area Wednesday night triggered the mudslides. One vehicle was caught in a mudslide but the occupants were able to escape with no injuries.

 This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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