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Old Fort Landslide Updates

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...

Workers begin to remove stock piles of gravel from pit near Old Fort

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Work has begun this week to remove stockpiles of gravel from the gravel pit located near Old Fort. In a release from the Peace River Regional District, The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources has authorized Deasan Holdings Ltd. to begin the removal of gravel stockpiles. The District says the removal of the stockpiles is...

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...

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...

Road over the Old Fort Landslide open

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Old Fort Road is now open to traffic.  With the Peace River Regional District lifting the evacuation order for the majority of properties, the Ministry announced the semi-permanent road over the slide is complete. "I would like to thank the residents of Old Fort for their patience during this difficult time, and the crews...

City cancels evacuation alert for Sewage Lagoons

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The City of Fort St. John has rescinded the evacuation alert for the City's South Sewage Lagoons. The alert was issued on October 10 as a precautionary measure due to the proximity of the area to the Peace River Regional District Evacuation Orders. The Peace River Regional District also downgraded some areas of the Old Fort...

Hydro working to restore power to the Old Fort and PRRD planning community meetings

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Peace River Regional District continues work to help residents of the Old Fort. Power was shut off to most of the homes in the area Monday morning and Hydro will start working on a solution to try and restore power on Tuesday.  If they are successful, Hydro hopes to have power restored by early...

PRRD says geotechnical report to determine long-term plan for Old Fort expected late next week

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District says it is waiting to receive a geotechnical report from its contractor, Westrek Geotechnical Services, to determine the long-term plan for the Old Fort subdivision – a report that is due to be released in just under a week’s time. PRRD Chair Brad Sperling and Peace River North MLA Dan...

Old Fort residents frustrated about uncertainty for their community

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though some residents of Old Fort are once again allowed to temporarily return to their homes to winterize structures and retrieve valuables, many residents are frustrated with the uncertainty that has been caused by the landslide that cut off road access to the community over two weeks ago. Old Fort resident Gord Pardy said that...

PRRD says PNG asked for the gas to be turned off in the Old Fort

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Frustration continues to build for residents of the Old Fort. A dozen residents occupied the offices of the Peace River Regional District in Fort St. John Wednesday, demanding answers after their natural gas we turned off. At first, the Peace River Regional District said PNG requested the gas be turned off to inspect their equipment...

B.C. Hydro to restore power in Old Fort Monday evening

UPDATE - The lights are back on in the Old Fort.  Power was restored shortly after 7 p.m. Monday. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - B.C. Hydro will restore power to the Old Fort Monday night. B.C. Hydro expects power will be restored to residents in the Old Fort Monday evening after being out since October 6.  Late last week the Peace...

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...

PRRD expands Old Fort Landslide evacuation alert area

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District announced this afternoon that it has expanded the area under an evacuation alert due to the Old Fort landslide. At 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, the evacuation alert was expanded to include the properties located at 7605 Old Fort Road, 7583 Old Fort Road, and 7587 Old Fort Road. The three properties under...

PRRD halts temporary access permits to Old Fort

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Peace River Regional District won’t be issuing temporary entry permits for residents of the Old Fort for Friday and Saturday. The District says this change will allow the Ministry of Transportation to focus efforts on building the semi-permanent road into the community. Construction on the road started back on October 19, and the original...

MLA and MP share stories of the Old Fort in Ottawa and Victoria

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - While residents of the Old Fort wait for a draft geotechnical report from Westrek Geotechnical Services, local politicians shared the story of the Old Fort Landslide in Victoria and Ottawa. Peace River North MLA Dan Davies stood in the Provincial Legislature Thursday. Prince George, Peace River Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer also did the same in...

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...

Old Fort Residents still without power; no estimate on when it will be restored

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Residents of the Old Fort are still without power, and there is no estimate on when power will be restored. The power went out at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday night, and B.C. Hydro crews were trying to restore power but were evacuated due to the landslide.  In a post to Facebook on Sunday, the Peace...

PRRD suspends temporary entry permits for Old Fort evacuees

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has suspended all temporary entry permits for residents of the Old Fort subdivision until further notice. The PRRD announced on Monday afternoon that it would be issuing temporary entry permits for residents who had been out of their homes on Sunday when the evacuation order was issued, allowing them to...
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