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Last landslide order lifted

The last of a series of landslide evacuation orders and alerts for the Old Fort has been lifted.
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Old Fort landslide, June 28, 2020.

The last of a series of landslide evacuation orders and alerts for the Old Fort has been lifted.

The Peace River Regional District rescinded the final outstanding evacuation order for a number of properties on Thursday afternoon.

The order covered properties at 7605 Old Fort Road, 9909 240 Road, and 9911 240 Road, as well as portions of 6975 Old Fort Road, 7583 Old Fort Road, and 9820 River Drive.

“No evacuation orders or alerts remain as a result of the Old Fort Landslide,” the PRRD said in a statement.

Landslides in 2018 and 2020 cut off access to Old Fort Road, the only road in and out of the community of about 150 residents south of Fort St. John. 

A landslide at the end of September 2018  sent more than eight million cubic metres of earth and trees toward the Peace River, destroying one house, several utility lines, and the only road in and out of the community. The slide let go again in June 2020.

A recent report by the Ministry of Transportation said the best option for road access to the Old Fort community is to continue using the existing road alignment.

The ministry said it will continue with further geotechnical assessments to identify potential improvements for Old Fort Road to improve reliability for residents.