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Upset Old Fort residents occupy PRRD Office

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - A dozen upset residents of the Old Fort community occupied the Peace River Regional District office Wednesday afternoon. Many voiced their concerns as to why their natural gas was shut off this morning. Brad Sperling, Chair of the PRRD says he is also asking the same question as he only received word of the shut-off Wednesday...

PNG turns off natural gas service to Old Fort

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Pacific Northern Gas has turned off natural gas service in the Old Fort. The Peace River Regional District posted a message Wednesday morning on their website saying Pacific Northern Gas has isolated gas service in the area of the evacuation order. The notice goes onto say that if the evacuation order is lifted PNG will help residents...

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 to allow residents to remove vehicles used for work from Old Fort

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Peace River Regional District will start to issue permits to residents of the Old Fort so they can remove work vehicles from the community. The PRRD says if you have a 4x4 vehicle that is still in the community of Old Fort that sustains a business, you can contact the PRRD at 250-784-3200 and they...

GoFundMe Campaign started for residents of the Old Fort

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Over $5,000 has already been raised in a GoFundMe campaign for residents of the Old Fort. Fort St. John resident Kristi Pimm started the fundraiser on Friday. "I've seen first hand, I've been down to the Old Fort, I've helped some people move some of their personal belongings. I've talked to some people and know that...

Power could be restored to the Old Fort next week

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - B.C. Hydro will build two power lines into the Old Fort.   Work has already started on repairing the original line that was damaged during the slide. In an update provided by the Peace River Regional District on Saturday, rebuilding the current line into the community started Saturday and should be complete by Monday.  Once that...

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...

Ministry says construction beginning on temporary road access to Old Fort

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says that work crews are starting to build a temporary road for residents of Old Fort to access the community, now that the area surrounding the landslide is stable enough to start work. The Ministry said that the temporary road will be built over the slide debris and is...

Disaster Financial Assistance available for Old Fort residents

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Province has made the Disaster Financial Assistance program available for residents of the Old Fort. The DFA is available to homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers charitable organizations and local government bodies unable to obtain insurance to cover disaster-related losses. If you would like to apply for DFA funding, residents of Area C and...

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...

Changes to evacuation orders for the Old Fort Landslide

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Peace River Regional District has made changes to the evacuation orders for the Old Fort landslide. The evacuation order for the following properties only, has been rescinded. These properties are all clear and residents may return home: 6867 Old Fort Road 6786 Old Fort Road The Islands in Peace River with the exception of...

BC Hydro and Ministry of Transportation given temporary access to the Old Fort

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Peace River Regional District has issued permits for B.C. Hydro and the Ministry of Transportation to enter the Old Fort. Wednesday afternoon, the PRRD issued temporary access permits to B.C. Hydro and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to start investigating how to restore service to the community. Power has been out in the Old Fort...

Geologists say no recent movement has occurred above most homes in Old Fort

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Geologists that have been contracted by the Peace River Regional District in its response to the landslide above the community of Old Fort say that the landslide appears to be slowing down. In an update today the PRRD said that over the past few days the geotechnical team has found signs of movement on the...

PRRD opening Resiliency Centre for Old Fort evacuees tomorrow

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District is going to be opening a new resource for residents who have been evacuated from the community of Old Fort due to a two and a half week-old landslide. The PRRD said that the new Resiliency Centre will be open starting Thursday for members of the Old Fort community to...

PRRD opens all zones in Old Fort for temporary entry permits

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District says that all zones in the Old Fort community have been approved for temporary re-entry permits. The PRRD said that residents need to complete and submit a re-entry permit application before entry will be approved. PRRD staff will contact people to let them know what boat they will be on. The...

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...

First residents allowed back into the Old Fort temporarily

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Peace River Regional District says the first 26 residents were allowed back to the Old Fort to gather belongings and winterize their homes. The first people back were allowed to head back to the community temporarily to check on their homes and gather their belongings.  The company R&R Rentals was hired by the Peace...

Volunteers needed to help Old Fort Residents

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Volunteers are needed to help residents of the Old Fort. On Sunday, the Peace River Regional District said they would let some residents temporarily enter their homes starting Monday.  Local volunteers Jeff Garrison and MP Bob Zimmer were also asked on Sunday to help organize volunteers that will help residents winterize their homes and help move...

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