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Small northeastern B.C. community evacuated due to landslide

Last Updated Oct 7, 2018 at 5:55 pm PDT

(Courtesy Peace River Regional District)

An evacuation order has been issued for the entire town of Old Fort because of a slow-moving landslide

A slow-moving landslide has cut access to the main road into the town of Old Fort in northeastern B.C.

OLD FORT (NEWS 1130) – The small community of Old Fort in northeastern B.C. has been evacuated because of a slow-moving landslide.

The landslide started last week, and blocked off the main road into the town, which is located south of Fort St. John.

“On September 30th we were contacted and advised that landslide had started to cross an Old Fort road. We activated our emergency operation centre,” Deborah Jones-Middleton, director of the emergency operations for the Peace River Regional District, said.

An evacuation order for the whole area was issued on Sunday. Some smaller areas were evacuated over the past few days.

She says there is a threat to the life and safety of the people who live there, adding about 60 homes in the small town are affected by the order. More than 90 people have had to leave so far.

“We had an evacuation alert in place because there was no transportation other than water taxis that were set up by us. And today we issued an evacuation order for the entire area and asked everyone to come out.”

According to a review conducted by an engineering geologist of the area, Jones-Middleton says they aren’t able to secure people’s safety. This is why she says it’s important that locals leave the area.

The landslide is slow-moving, she adds. The Old Fort area has seen landslides in the past.

It’s unclear when people who live there will be able to return to their homes.