The main road through Cowichan Bay will be closed Thursday as crews remove debris brought down by a mudslide during heavy rains.
The slope that gave way forms the backyard to several homes, and homeowners there are eager to see the potentially dangerous situation remedied for good.
It’s a killer view from the bank overlooking Cowichan Bay.
“We’ve travelled to different sites in the world and really you can’t beat this,” says Greg Stoddart looking out at the water below.
But building his dream home on it five years has brought a new stress for Greg Stoddart.
“My wife and I do both get nervous when we get some major rain. Because it does saturate the bank and the soil around it,” he says.
Raising the possibility of mudslides. The home was built 30 feet back from the bank’s edge, but below his yard and those of his neighbours at the end of Pritchard Road the slope is sliding. Debris closing a lane of the main road through town and he says already over a dozen truckloads of the bank that slid down have been taken away.
“I think that brought is to a head that they have to visit it,” says Stoddart.
Because this is the second time this has happened. In 2012 tonnes rock and of mud came down and the Ministry of Transportation assured residents they’d make it safe. But since then only reports and talk.
“We’ve just had to live with it I guess and live with the worry,” says Stoddart.
But at last Thursday workers will close the road through Cowichan Bay clearing debris and begin work of stabilizing the slope.
In a statement to Chek News, the Ministry of Transportation says it will then continue to monitor the slope to ensure it remains safe for the community and those traveling in the area, but wouldn’t say how stable it is now.
Stoddart estimates he’s lost five feet of his backyard already, and hopes this will be the end of the sliding. Putting his feet back on solid ground, to enjoy the already breathtaking view.