RCMP increase security into Old Fort due to landslide

Aiya Benaso / October 9, 2018

The slow-moving landslide has cut off the only major road in and out of the Old Fort community.
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The Peace River Regional District Emergency Operations Centre has increased security at checkpoints in and out of the Old Fort Community.

Fort St. John RCMP are anticipating that displaced residents will want to return to their homes after evacuation. The EOC is being cautious, due to the unpredictable nature of the slow-moving landslide.

This follows a PRRD evacuation order that had been issued for the entire community of Old Fort in Northern BC on October 7 due to immediate danger of residents safety because of a slow-moving landslide. 

The order is in effect for all areas and properties including Old Fort Road, River Drive, Old Fort Loop, Canoe Road, and Trapper Road.

The northeastern BC community of Old Fort has been evacuated due to a landslide that has destroyed a major road in and our of the area.
(Peace River Regional District)

Old Fort Evacuation Map

The Evacuation Order is also in effect 6786 265 Road.
(Peace River Regional District)

Old Fort Evacuation

The Evacuation Alert is for the properties south of 240 Road and East of 265 Road including 6933, 6963 and 9913 240 Road.
(Peace River Regional District)

The landslide has grown to more than 6 million cubic metres and is spreading in different directions making it difficult to predict when it will stop and where it will spread.

The landslide has been moving between 5-10 metres a day since Sept. 30, and has been ripping up the earth near the small town, destroying a main road and knocking out heat, power and water for residents.

The order advices evacuees to leave the area immediately, and prepare their homes properly before they leave.

The PRRD warns that all services to the area will stop after the evacuation and those who choose to stay will do so at their own risk and will be required to be 100% self-sufficient.

Evacuees are told to register with the Reception Centre in the Pomeroy Sports Centre (9324 96 Street). The Reception Centre will be open on October 7, 2018 from 11am – 7pm. Outside of these hours please call the Peace River Regional District and 250-784-3200 to arrange services.

With files by Carol Xu.