Old Fort landslide meeting tonight

The Peace River Regional District will host a public meeting Monday night to review the status and monitoring of the Old Fort landslide.

The regional district will be joined by officials from Westrek Geotechnical Services and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

An update on the geotechnical assessment of the slide will be given, as will an update on how the slide is being monitored. The regional district will also talk about an evacuation plan that has been drafted for the community.

The landslide began Sept. 30 and more than 150 residents were ordered to evacuate on Oct 7 after it cut off power and road access to the community. Residents were allowed to return home in early November after the landslide stabilized and a new road was built into the community.

In its report, Westrek notes the likelihood further slide movement is expected to increase during spring freshet in 2019.

It recommends ongoing monitoring and study of the landslide, and more investigation into the long-term hazards and risks to the safety of current residents, and future residential development.

Westrek has already said the landslide started because of a failure in the bedrock at the head of the landslide, where a gravel quarry had been operating on the hillside above Old Fort.

The landslide became a massive pile of debris measuring at least eight million cubic metres, pushing its way down through a gully and destroying a swath of Old Fort Road before reaching the Peace River. One home was severely damaged.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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