Old Fort hill study delayed to 2021

A much anticipated report on the Old Fort hills won't be ready now until 2021.

PRRD board chair Brad Sterling said Monday the report from Tetra Tech, due in September, is delayed due to ongoing research and analysis of the Old Fort and Buffioux Creek areas following the September 2018 landslide.

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"The complexities of the research and analysis mean the report will not be available until the first quarter of 2021," Sperling said in a statement.

"We understand that residents are extremely anxious to receive this information and we apologize for this extended timeline."

Tetra Tech was hired at the end of 2019 to assess hill stability and identify hazards around Old Fort after the 2018 landslide 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 same landslide slipped again this summer, severing road access again for a month.

That prompted questions by residents about the long-term liveability of Old Fort and property values, emergency planning by the regional district, and transparency from the province. 

In June, the PRRD reported that "Tetra Tech is of the opinion at this time that the risk to the community posed by recent Old Fort slide movements is low."

Said Sperling on Monday: “The PRRD and the consultants want to make sure that the report is as comprehensive and informative as possible so that the PRRD, Old Fort residents and other stakeholders have the best possible information to guide them going forward."

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca

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