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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...

PRRD expands landslide evacuation order to islands south of Old Fort

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Peace River Regional District has once again expanded the area under an evacuation order because of the landslide near the community of Old Fort, though this time the order is for areas south of the community. The PRRD said that the expansion of the evacuation order to include the islands south of Old Fort was...

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...

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...

PRRD expands landslide evacuation alert area south of Fort St. John

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Peace River Regional District has once again expanded the area under an evacuation alert south of Fort St. John because of last week's landslide above the community of Old Fort. As of 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, nine more properties north of the 240 Road and east of the 265 Road/100th Street are now on alert....

PRRD says it has a contractor to facilitate Old Fort residents to gather vehicles and winterize homes

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Peace River Regional District says that a plan has been implemented to allow evacuated residents of the Old Fort subdivision to gather their belongings and vehicles, and to also prepare their empty homes for the coming winter. The PRRD's Emergency Operations Centre says that the plan has been developed with a contractor who is experienced...

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...

PRRD issues update on Old Fort landslide

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...

Three more properties north of Peace River Lookout now under evacuation alert

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has placed three more properties north of the Peace River Lookout at the south of 100th St. on evacuation alert this morning. The PRRD issued the alert for residents of 6933 265 Road, 6963 265 Road, and 9913 240 Road, which are located north and west of last Sunday’s initial...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Another property added to the Old Fort Evacuation Alert

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Another property to the west of the slide has been added to the Old Fort Evacuation Alert. The new alert issued Saturday afternoon is for residents at 7711 Old Fort Road.  This property is west of the original slide that happened last weekend.  The landslide has continued to move and shift, and stress cracks have been observed to...

PRRD hosting landslide meeting on Monday

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District is going to be hosting a meeting for Old Fort residents impacted by Sunday’s landslide over the long weekend. The meeting taking place from 11:00 a.m. to noon on Monday, October 8th at the Stonebridge Hotel in Fort St. John. The meeting will be live streamed to prrd.bc.ca, to enable residents in...

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...
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