Construction begins on temporary road to Old Fort

The Peace River Regional District says construction of a temporary access road into Old Fort is underway.

Crews began construction on the swamp-mat road across landslide debris at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, and work is expected to take one to two days to complete, the regional district said.

The Ministry of Transportation, which is responsible for the road, said the slide is moving at negligible rates, and "beginning to dry out, which is a positive sign for construction purposes."

"The ministry has been diligent in efforts to restore access ever since ground movement was detected and the road was closed for safety reasons to all but emergency vehicles in late June," the ministry said in an information bulletin. "The ministry will continue to work with its partners and the community in monitoring the situation."

It’s been three weeks since residents were severed from essential services after the landslide reactivated June 18, and once again destroyed the only road in and out of the community. Residents faced the same when the slide first let go in fall 2018 at the onset of winter.

This year's slide was started after heavy rains, destroying 100 metres of Old Fort Road and pushing it 300 metres, or more than three football field lengths, down to the Peace River.

Residents remain on evacuation alert, and have been told to conserve water and reduce their waste.

An emergency water supply began being delivered today via a hillside ATV trail near the city's south lagoons.

The community is under a boil water advisory for the emergency supply out of an abundance of caution, and "due to the speed of construction and emergency water permit process," the PRRD said.

Emergency garbage service has also been established, and water taxi service to Taylor continues.

Environment Canada is forecasting a chance of showers on Thursday and Sunday.

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