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Old Fort landslide update scheduled for Saturday

The Peace River Regional District will give media an update on the Old Fort landslide Saturday, and potential plans on the future for evacuees.
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Peace River Regional District Board Chair Brad Sperling speaks to MP Bob Zimmer at the site of the Old Fort landslide, Oct. 17, 2018. Facebook/bobzimmercpc

The Peace River Regional District will give media an update on the Old Fort landslide Saturday, and potential plans on the future for evacuees.

Board Chair Brad Sperling is scheduled to provide an update, as will the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, which has begun work to establish temporary road access to the community. 

An update will also be given on the future facing residents who were ordered to evacuate their homes over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

One scenario that will be discussed is the potential plan for a long-term stay outside the community; the other on a potential plan to see residents return home.

The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The landslide began Sept. 30, destroying Old Fort Road, the only road in and out of the community. Power was lost on Oct. 6, and the community was ordered to evacuate the next day.

The landslide has grown to more than eight million cubic metres since it began. Earlier this week, geotechnical experts said they had found signs of movement in parts of the slide, but not in the hillside above most homes in Old Fort. 

Utility and transportation crews were granted access back into Old Fort this week, while more than 50 residents were ferried into the community by boat to collect belongings and prepare their homes for winter.

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