News

The EOC is Closed

The EOC has closed for October 17th as of 6:30pm

We will reopen at 8:30am on October 18th, 2018. You can reach the PRRD 24 Hours a day by calling 250-784-3200. 

Old Fort Landslide Video Message #11

CHANGES to Evacuation Orders for the Old Fort Landslide

EFFECTIVE  October 18, 2018 at 14:00 pm 

The Evacuation Order for the following properties ONLY, has been RESCINDED.  These properties are all clear and residents may return home.   

  • 6867 Old Fort Road
  • 6786 265 Road
  • The Islands in the Peace River with the exception of the area indicated on the map attached to this Evacuation Order Rescind

EFFECTIVE  October 18, 2018 at 14:00 pm 

The Evacuation Order for the following properties ONLY, has been DOWNGRADED to an Evacuation Alert

  • 7711 Old Fort Road
  • 7583 Old Fort Road
  • 7587 Old Fort Road

PLEASE NOTE: All other properties in the indicated areas remain on Evacuation Alert or Order as indicated on the map attached.

 

Click here to see the Evacuation Order Modification

Click here to see the Map

 

Public inquiries, please call 250-784-3200.

Media Inquiries, please call Kristen Danczak, Information Officer at 250-784-3200

Location Change – Oct 25 Board Meeting

Please be advised that the October 25, 2018 Regional Board meeting has been moved from the Regional District Office Boardroom in Dawson Creek to the:

                Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts
                10401 – 10th Street
                Dawson Creek, BC

People in the Peace: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

People in the Peace: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

  • 200 volunteers have come forward with offers of services to the residents of Old Fort, with services including help with labour and moving, laundry services, transportation, housing and much more.
  • One volunteer put their animal husbandry skills to use for the community, helping residents safely assist fifteen animals to be moved out of the community
  • Coffee and coffee pots were donated to the Resiliency Centre for Old Fort Residents can enjoy a hot cup of coffee during their visits.
  • Volunteers who would like to offer services to the Old fort community please contact the PRRD EOC by phoning 250-784-3200.

 

“Just want to say we had an awesome experience in and out today. Everyone from R and R rentals were super helpful and amazing. Great bunch of guys. I can’t thank them enough. It feels really good to have a few more items from home”

– Elaine Smith

Old Fort Landslide Video Message #10

Resilience Centre Information

Resiliency Centre is Opening on Thursday October 18th. 

  • The Resiliency Centre will be open to Old Fort Residents on Thursday, October 18th, at 10am. The Centre will be open every day after that from 10am – 7pm.
  • The Centre is located at 9940 102 Avenue between BMO and Domino’s Pizza.  
  • The Centre will be managed by Red Cross on behalf of the PRRD.
  • The Resiliency Centre is a place for Old Fort Residents to drop by and get up to date information.
  • The Resiliency Centre also offers a chance to connect with others from the Old Fort Community members and have access to supportive services.
  • There have been many kind offers of support from volunteers in the area. Residents can visit the Resiliency Centre to see a list of services being offered.  

Temporary Re-Entry Continues to Go Smoothly

32 more residents were able to get to their properties to get their belongings on October 16th. Residents were able to spend two hours gathering personal items and winterizing their homes. 

People met at the Taylor boat launch for an information and safety debrief before heading over to the Old Fort by boat. 

R&R Rentals had staff on hand to assist residents and provide transportation for items from homes.

The weather was once again cooperative.

From all accounts, everything went as planned.

More residents are scheduled to re-enter Thursday as long as it is deemed safe.

Residents are reminded that entry permits are needed to gain entry to the community.

Temporary Access Permits Issued to BC Hydro and MOTI

The Peace River Regional District has issued Temporary Access Permits to BC Hydro and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) for investigative purposes to assess reestablishment of services.

Geotechnical Findings for October 17th, 2018

The Geotechnical team found signs of movement on the slopes to the east of the large bedrock knob. These are related to the upslope movement on the active slide. No recent slope movement was noted up slope of most homes.

An aerial assessment of the quad trail on the eastern ridge on the east side of the ancient slide complex did not reveal any signs of recent slope movement. This also will be ground truthed on Thursday to confirm.

The Geotechnical team spent a lot of time in the field discussing and critiquing various landslide initiation models and how the next phase of the investigation could move forward.

The Geotechnical team also had a good look at the slopes above Old Fort Road on the east side of the active slide complex and could not see any significant signs of recent slope movement – this supports what the LiDAR data was saying. The recent tension cracks on the slopes immediately east of the active slide complex have now started to turn downslope, before reaching these slopes. This means the lateral shear zone on this side of the slide may be developing. As such, the surface of the original Old Fort Slide does not appear to have been impacted (at this stage) by the recent slope movement.