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Six homes evacuated after Burnaby mudslide

Last Updated Jan 23, 2020 at 9:50 pm PST

Six homes were evacuated in Burnaby after a mudslide near Burnaby Mountain.(Courtesy Rob Piwko)
Summary

Six homes were evacuated after a mudslide in Burnaby

It happened around 10:00 a.m. after a retaining wall gave out and spilled into an alleyway

No one was hurt, but an investigation into the cause is ongoing

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — No one was hurt after a mudslide in Burnaby, which led to six homes being evacuated.

It happened around 10 a.m. near Braeside Drive and Bayview Drive when a retaining wall gave out.

NEWS 1130’s Hana Mae Nassar was in the neighbourhood impacted by the slide.

“Apparently the owner was building a retaining wall at the bottom side of his house that was filled with sand and basically gave out,” she explained. “It gave out into an alleyway between Braeside Drive and Barnett Road and as a result, there was some damage in the alleyway.”

Tracey lives in the area and said she feels insecure about whether the area is safe or not.

“I’ve spoken with a few of the engineers and I said, ‘Are we safe?’ and they said ‘You should be,'” she said.

Another neighbour from the area says he wasn’t sure about the stability of the soil where the wall blew out.

“It is what it is I guess, but you’re on the side of a mountain with a lot of water running down the mountain. With all the snow everything’s really saturated,” he said.


The cause of the slide is still undetermined, though it had been raining heavily in the area. City crews are calling it an isolated incident and the homes were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

“Just because there’s still maybe instability to the remaining wall and some of the soil above it,” says Brian Carter, manager of public works and operation for Burnaby.

When it comes to the safety of homes, Carter says there is some concern for two specific homes.

“There are houses that are more than three houses from the centre of the fail area. I would say those people are safe at this point,” he says.

BC Hydro has cut power in the area, and crews are still investigating. But there’s no word yet when people can return to their homes.