FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has issued an update on the ongoing landslide situation at Old Fort, south of Fort St. John.
At 8:50 am today (October 9, 2018) all temporary entry permits were suspended to the Old Fort Evacuation Order area.
The Old Fort landslide, while it is relatively slow-moving, is changing on a daily basis, and at what does not appear to be a consistent rate. The Peace River area has a history of both slow-moving landslides and rapid failures. Slow moving slides can start off slow and then fail catastrophically. It is not known if this current landslide will stall, or the other extreme – a rapid landslide such as the 1973 Attaché slide that briefly dammed the Peace River – or something in between. From a public safety perspective, Westrek and the Peace River Regional District cannot support sending anyone into the area under the Evacuation Order until these questions are answered.