Landslide risk prompts evacuation order, alert

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Five properties located at 2633 Squilax-Anglemont Road in the Lee Creek area have been put under evacuation orders effective June 22, 2020 due to the risks from an unstable slope.

In addition, seven other properties in the Gateway Lakeview Resort neighbourhood have been issued an evacuation alert due to concerns about the possibility of a landslide.

Evacuation orders mean residents must leave the area immediately, while those under an evacuation alert can remain, but must be prepared to leave the area on short notice from emergency officials.

Only two of the five properties under the evacuation order had people residing on them, while the other three were vacant. All the residents were quickly evacuated without incident.

All residents under evacuation alert have been personally notified.

The evacuation order and alert were put in place following concerns from residents about land sloughing and cracks developing in the area on June 13, 2020 following a period of significant rainfall.

A geotechnical engineering firm was retained by the Shuswap Emergency Program and their recommendations, after an inspection of the area, led to the issuance of this evacuation order and alert.

Members of the public are asked to keep away from the affected properties and the slope above 2633 Squilax-Anglemont Road.

The area continues to be monitored and the evacuation orders and alert will remain in place until further notice.

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