Tetra Tech geohazard report available, information session with Old Fort residents scheduled for August 10

The PRRD made a commitment to keep Old Fort residents informed about the report we commissioned to gain a better understanding of the geohazards in the Old Fort area, and we are doing so by sharing Tetra Tech’s report titled Geohazard Assessment of the Old Fort Area, which was provided to the PRRD Regional Board in its agenda package for review at today’s Regional Board meeting. A link to the report is here .

The PRRD recognizes that the contents of the report are critically important to the residents of Old Fort, so we want to give residents an opportunity to go through it while we complete our own assessment of the content, as we have only just received the report ourselves.

While the PRRD does not have any direct authority for many elements that exist in the Old Fort area – including roads, drainage, and what the provincial government is reviewing for options – we are here to advocate for our residents.

As we indicated from the start, this is not a situation where we can – or should – make guesses or assumptions. We need to base any future decisions and actions on facts and solid science. We also need to ensure that we fully understand what the experts who completed this study have learned about the area through their studies, and what this means to residents.

We will take the next couple of weeks to gain a better understanding of the report, and we will hold an information session via Zoom for Old Fort residents on the evening of Tuesday, August 10, at 7 p.m. to present and discuss the contents of the report, and answer as many residents’ questions as possible. To access the Zoom meeting link, visit: prrd.bc.ca/resources-for-old-fort-residents/ or scan the QR code below.

We have invited report authors Tetra Tech to attend the meeting so that we have technical experts available to answer questions. We are also reaching out to the other jurisdictions involved to invite them to attend the meeting.

If you have questions about the report, we encourage you to send them to us at ask@prrd.bc.ca and we will endeavour to have the answers ready for you at
the August 10 meeting.