Five days after a Campbell River mudslide, an evacuation order remains in place for one home while two others have been downgraded to evacuation alert.
A fourth home that was significantly damaged is considered uninhabitable and a notice of non-occupation will be posted, says the City of Campbell River. The households that are under the evacuation alert can return to the properties as long as they are prepared to evacuate if they are notified.
The impact of the slide that occurred at 7:05 a.m. on Jan. 21 partially collapsed that home at 2211 Park Road and shifted it from the foundation, trapping two seniors inside. Fire crews safely removed the people from the home.
Four homes were then placed under an evacuation order. The city said heavy rain caused the bank gave way.
“We recognize the slide has caused a major disruption and that the evacuation order is a huge inconvenience, and we’re working with qualified professionals to determine next steps to confirm the condition of the bank and how best to secure the safety of this property, ” says city manager Deborah Sargent.
The city has posted a geotechnical engineer’s full slope assessment report on its website and says it will provide copies to the households affected by the evacuation.
Campbell River saw exceptional rainfall ahead of the bank giving way. More heavy rain is in the forecast for the coming days.
Local Emergency Support Services are available to assist people with emergency supplies and temporary shelter for themselves and their animals.