Four homes evacuated after mudslide in Campbell River

Four homes evacuated after mudslide in Campbell River

A photo from Holly Hill Farm shows the mudslide in Campbell River on Jan. 21. Credit: Katie Denne/Holly Hill Farm.

Four homes in Campbell River are under an evacuation order after heavy rain caused a mudslide on Park Road.

According to the City of Campbell River, at around 7:05 a.m., the slope behind the home at 2211 Park Road gave way, leading to a mudslide. The mudslide took down a tree and pushed a root ball into the home.

The slide damaged the home and the impact from the tree partially collapsed the home and shifted it from the foundation. Two seniors were trapped inside but fire crews were able to safely remove them. The two seniors are now staying with family.

WATCH: The aftermath of the mudslide at Park Road in Campbell River

City manager Deborah Sargent said no one was hurt when the bank gave way.

?A preliminary investigation by McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. has confirmed that the heavy rains appear to have saturated the ground above the bank in this area, and surrounding homes upslope and adjacent to this property are being evacuated as a precaution,” Sargent said in a statement.

A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for properties at 2211 Park Road, 2223 Park Road, 2205 Park Road and 2238 SteelHead Road. The city said someone with geotechnical experience in slope failures and slides will investigate ground conditions and determines the stability of the bank.

Campbell River Mayor Andy Adams said the evacuation order will remain in effect until the bank and surrounding properties can be fully assessed.

“We are working with emergency personnel to provide supervision in the event that people need access to the properties to acquire essential items, such as prescriptions, pets or other necessities. We are also arranging for Emergency Social Services to assist people with shelter and emergency supplies and with relocating livestock as necessary,” Adams said.

Neighbour’s, just a heads up that the residents are okay and unharmed. The bank behind their house gave way this morning…

Posted by Holly Hill Farm on Sunday, January 21, 2018

The city said slope assessment will begin as soon as possible but it may take several days to determine the condition of the bank. Roads in the area are open. However, there is localized flooding in other areas caused by elevated flow levels in Nunns Creek and Campbell River, along with high tides that slow draining from those waterways to the ocean.

Drivers are asked to use caution along Willis Road, along 16th Avenue, from Maple to Ironwood, and along Perkins Road.

A photo from Holly Hill Farm shows the mudslide in Campbell River on Jan. 21. Credit: Katie Dennie/Holly Hill Farm


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