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Boil water advisory issued for Old Fort

A boil water advisory has been issued for Old Fort as an emergency water supply to the community is expected to go into service today.
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Old Fort landslide, July 7, 2020.

A boil water advisory has been issued for Old Fort as an emergency water supply to the community is expected to go into service today.

It’s been three weeks since residents were severed from essential services after a landslide reactivated June 18, and once again destroyed the only road in and out of the community.

Crews are staging equipment to deliver the water supply, as well as emergency sewer services, via a hillside ATV trail near the city's south lagoons. 

The Peace River Regional District says the boil water notice has been issued by Northern Health out of an abundance of caution, and "due to the speed of construction and emergency water permit process."

Residents remain on evacuation alert, and have been told to conserve water and reduce their waste. 

A majority of the households have a cistern, while sewage systems range from holding tanks to septic fields, according to the PRRD.

Crews were also in the community Sunday and Monday to haul out garbage, and that emergency service is continuing.

The June 18 slide was started after heavy rains, destroying 100 metres of Old Fort Road and pushing it 300 metres, or more than three football field lengths, down to the Peace River.

The PRRD says there is "no reliable estimate" on how soon the road will be rebuilt to the community.

Water taxi service to Taylor continues in the meantime.

Read more: Old Fort landslide update - July 7, 2020

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.