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Old Fort Landslide Updates

Landslide buckles Old Fort Road leaving residents trapped

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UPDATES - BELOW ARE LINKS TO THE LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT THE SLIDE For more on the evacuation order, click here. B.C. Hydro says the slide isn’t related to construction at the Site C Dam, click here for more. For more on the opening of the emergency operations centre, click here. To see more photos and video of the slide, click here. ORIGINAL STORY FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Residents...

Landslide continues to move leaving over 20 feet of dirt on the Old Fort Road

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Old Fort landslide continued to move Sunday night.  Over 20 feet of dirt now covers the Old Fort Road. Ministry of Transportation Officials said Sunday night the slide could continue to move for several days.  New photos from residents in who live at the Old Fort, show the dirt has now overtaken the road...

Peace River Regional District issues evacuation order for all of the Old Fort

UPDATE as of 2 p.m. - The Peace River Regional District has posted the following statement about why the order was issued to evacuate the Old Fort "Based on the initial review by the engineering geologist retained by the PRRD, the continued movement of the main and re-activated slides pose a significant risk to public safety resulting in a recommendation...

Landslide in the Old Fort expected to get worse; residents might not go home until spring

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Old Fort Landslide continues to move and the entire subdivision is now at risk. At a public meeting Monday, residents were given an update on the situation and there are now three active slides in the area. The main slide that started on September 30, is moving anywhere from 5 to 10 metres per...

PRRD evacuates residents near the Peace River Lookout

CLARIFICATION:  This evacuation order is only affecting two properties and the lookout.  Residents in the Old Fort are not under an evacuation order or alert at this time. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Peace River Regional District has issued an evacuation order for some residents near the Peace River Lookout. The Peace River Lookout and the lands directly south and...

UPDATE: Re-activation of another old landslide causes evacuation order along Old Fort Road

UPDATE: Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure spokesperson Danielle Pope said that an old landslide in the area to the west of Sunday's landslide has reactivated and is now moving. That slide is located immediately below the Viewpoint at the south end of 100th St. Pope said that visible cracks have been observed and at least one property has reported some...

City of Fort St John issues evacuation alert

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The City of Fort St. John has issued an evacuation alert for part of the City above the Old Fort Landslide. At 16:30 hours on October 10, 2018, the City of Fort St. John issued an Evacuation Alert for the southern-most section of the City’s South Sewage Lagoons. There are no residential properties in the...

PRRD imploring Old Fort residents to heed evacuation order to avoid possible repeat of Oso mudslide

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Peace River Regional District is warning residents of the B.C. Peace Region to adhere to the evacuation orders that are in effect for the area surrounding the Old Fort subdivision and is warning anyone about the potentially deadly consequences of ignoring that order. In a post on Facebook this afternoon the PRRD began by...

Boats being used to help evacuees from the Old Fort

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Boats have arrived and will help to move residents who wish to evacuate from the Old Fort. The PRRD has co-ordinated the transportation for people who want to leave the area affected by the evacuation alert.   Boats will leave from the beach behind the house at 8711 Old Fort Loop. The Boats will continue to come...

PRRD releases new photos and LiDAR data of the Old Fort Landslides

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Peace River Regional District has released photos and LiDAR data that shows the growth and size of the Old Fort landslides. The main slide that started on September 30, 2018, is now 25 ha. and is over 1.3 km in length as of October 10.  The slide is anywhere from 100 to 200 metres...

Eight more properties being evacuated from the Old Fort Landslide; community meetings held Saturday

UPDATE as of 9 p.m. - The PRRD has expanded the evacuation order to one more property.  The home at 6786 265 Road is also now under an evacuation order. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Eight more properties have been placed under an evacuation order due to the Old Fort Landslide. The slide continues to grow with the latest assessment showing...

“People are still trying to figure out what to do,” says Old Fort resident about landslide situation

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A long-time resident of the Old Fort subdivision south of Fort St. John says that residents are coping as best they can with having the only road to the community being covered by a landslide that occurred over the weekend. Gord Pardy, who has lived in Old Fort since the mid-1990’s, said that though some...

Regional District to begin cracking down on landslide evacuation order violations

FORT ST, JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District says that it will begin cracking down on anyone that violates the evacuation orders that have been issued for areas around the community of Old Fort. In an update late this afternoon, the PRRD said that additional cracking and movement on the slide has resulted in the Peace River Regional...

Old Fort Landslide could continue to move for several days

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The landslide near the Old Fort could take days before it stops moving. Officials with the Ministry of Transportation said Sunday that a preliminary field and air assessment had been completed and landslide specialists are on route to the area.  A Ministry of Offical said "The slide continues to move and it could take several...

Geologists say slope above Old Fort is stable enough for temporary entry to resume Monday

UPDATE:  The Regional District has released the following map showing which community members will get temporary access permits on Monday.  Click here for all the details about the temporary access permits. ORIGINAL STORY BELOW FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Geologists that have been contracted by the Peace River Regional District say that the landslide that occurred above Old Fort two weeks...

PRRD opens emergency operations centre after landslide

UPDATE - A small number of residents living near the Peace River Lookout have been evacuated.  Read more by clicking here. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. - The Peace River Regional District has opened it's emergency operations centre after a landslide on the Old Fort Road. The landslide happened sometime overnight Saturday and has blocked the Old Fort Road and residents who live...

The slide continues to move and this is a very complex situation; Minister Farnworth

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth visited Fort St. John and Old Fort Landslide Wednesday and continued to stress this is a very complex situation. The Minister flew over the slide Wednesday afternoon and since Tuesday, the slide has moved another 20 metres into the Peace River and the cracks on...

B.C. Hydro unable to restore power in the Old Fort

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - B.C. Hydro crews are unable to restore power to the Old Fort. The power went out to approximately 57 properties at around 6 p.m. Saturday.  A crew was on scene working to restore power to the community but the crew had to be removed to due to the landslide. In a post late Saturday night on...
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