Old Fort landslide update - June 22, 2020

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has provided this technical briefing regarding the Old Fort landslide:

  • The back scarp at the top of the slide has dropped 9.2 m since the slide re-initiated, most of the movement has been on the last day.

  • Scarp below the area of where previous gravel stockpiles were has moved towards the back scarp 5 to 15 m and the material is slumping down onto the earthflow part of the slide.

  • The area of the slide around where Old Fort Road was/is has been moving at approximately 2 m per hour since last night (June 21, 2020) at 10 pm.

  • The ridge has movement on the front (south), east and north sides.

  • The portion of the ridge that broke off in 2018 is moving.

  • The GPS instruments have not been sending data to the base station since yesterday (June 21, 2020) at around 9 am. MOTI is working with Leica (supplier of the units) to remedy this.

Old Fort landslide map, June 22, 2020. - BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

The Peace River Regional District has released this update:

The Peace River Regional District Emergency Operations Centre is collecting information to examine options for water, sewage, garbage and transportation for the Residents of Old Fort. Staff may be following up with those that have completed the survey.

Residents are reminded to please complete the survey if you have not already done so with the Charlie Lake Fire Department on Saturday, June 20 or online since. You can do the survey following this link here.

Emergency Support Services Update:

Emergency Support Services will continue to be available until Monday, June 29, 2020, only to those who have evacuated, if the road reopens during this time, ESS will be discontinued. As of June 21, 28 people have registered for ESS. You can register by calling 250-794-3310, Monday – Friday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Paperwork for extensions will be dropped off at hotels and those billeting can pick up paperwork tomorrow at Fort St John City hall between 8:30-4:30 pm this week.

Read more: 65% of Old Fort residents need travel assistance

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