Update on Landslide in Old Fort

Taylor MacIntyre


An update on the landslide in Old Fort.

According to a source at the PRRD, the landslide is still active.

In total, 68 individuals have evacuated and are accessing services in Fort St. John. The PRRD is estimating that between 40 and 60 residents are still in their homes - but that exact figure is unknown. Emergency Operations Centre Director for the PRRD, Trish Morgan, says the situation is still very dangerous.

"The slide is still moving, and the Ministry of Transportation and all of their staff and YRB are continuing to assess it. We're just looking for ways where we can support the folks that have been evacuated or those that are staying in place." Morgan adds, "Just a lot of work by a lot of agencies to do what we can do to make sure we keep everyone safe and comfortable as possible."

Earlier this afternoon at 3:00 p.m., a meeting was held for residents who have remained in Old Fort - to update them on the situation. At 7:00 p.m. tonight, there will be a similar meeting in Fort St. John at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

Apparently, power has not yet been restored, but BC Hydro is looking at options. Representatives of the crown corporation will be at the meeting this evening to discuss this situation with community members.

The PRRD has set up a shuttle bus to transport community members from hotels to the meeting in Fort St. John.

Its schedule is as follows:

Best Western Chateau: 6:00 – 6:05 pm
Microtel Inn: 6:10 – 6:15 pm
Pomeroy Inn and Suites: 6:20 – 6:25 pm
Super 8 Motel: 6:30 – 6:35 pm
Stonebridge: 6:40 – 6:45 pm
Northern Grand: 6:50 – 6:55 pm

Officials ask that residents be ready when the bus arrives.

For more information and to register for emergency alerts, visit prrd.bc.ca or call their 24/7 number at 250-784-3200.

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