Old Fort Landslide Update – July 9


For accurate and up-to-date information residents should check our daily situation reports (like this one) and the Resources for Old Fort Slide Residents page for details on available services, contact information, advisories and more.

Temporary Access Route:

  • Temporary access route construction continues, and progress is encouraging. The latest MoTI update and archives are always available here.
  • Timeline for opening is weather dependent but crews are hopeful that residents will have access before the weekend.
  • Traffic control will be in place 24/7 once the temporary road is opened.
  • Check the PRRD Emergency News page for updates and subscribe to our SMS/email emergency alert system to be quickly notified when access is restored.

Situation Report as of 3:00 pm July 9:

The community remains on an emergency footing. Residents should conserve water and limit the production of garbage.

  • Emergency Water Taxi Service: Operational 05:00 am – 09:00 pm daily unless operations become unsafe due to thunderstorms, fog or river conditions. In adverse weather contact 250-271-0366 to see if the service is paused.
  • Emergency water supplies: Delivery is ongoing in the community – contact 250-271-0366 if you have not already scheduled assistance. Out of an abundance of caution a boil water advisory is issued. An advisory is just that – advice, not a legal requirement, and is similar to the understanding many homeowners have with their regular water haulers. To learn more about the emergency water delivery service and the precautions taken, see water service page for details.
  • Emergency garbage services: Operational. Please see the resource page for restrictions and service details.
  • Weather: 70% chance of thunderstorms this afternoon, showers this evening. Fog developing overnight may impact water taxi in the early morning. Chance of showers Friday evening and increased chance of showers Saturday.

Addressing Some Concerns Heard

Community scuttlebutt may not be accurate. For accurate and up-to-date information residents should check our daily situation reports (like this one) and the Resources for Old Fort Slide Residents page for details on available services, contact information, advisories and more. We’re here to provide answers wherever we can.

  • I was told by someone that a road would be freely available this morning.  Sadly, unfounded. Neither MoTI nor PRRD has published any ETA on temporary road access until today’s update. It’s our collective hope that access will be in place before the weekend, but what that access looks like will be determined by weather and the construction situation on the ground. For reliable information, check the PRRD Emergency News page for updates and subscribe to our SMS/email emergency alert system to be quickly notified when access is restored.
  • Will the water taxi, or water delivery service, be cancelled after today? No. We will maintain services as necessary until a reliable access route is in place.
  • What type of vehicle will the access route support? We’ve made it clear that the community can not end its current emergency footing until vehicles of all types can cross the slide. We should expect to see improving capability as construction continues, with universal vehicle access becoming feasible once a surface is placed on the temporary access route.  An ETA and other details will be published as weather and construction progress allows. In the meantime, the PRRD Emergency Water Taxi service continues to provide safe access to the community and security for vehicles left overnight at the Peace Island Park terminus.
  • Why are we providing emergency utility services such as water, sewage and garbage removal? The timeline for a universal access road across the slide is even today still not known with certainty, although the start of construction brings justifiable optimism that an ETA for universal access will be known soon. In the meantime the PRRD Emergency  Operations Centre’s primary focus has always been to reduce suffering by way of maintaining as much of the community in place as possible.
  • Was there security provided for vehicles parked on the Fort St. John side of the slide? Who employed that resource and why is that resource now gone?  No, as noted in our July 9 05:00 special update on the temporary road opening,  residents parking their vehicles on the Fort St. John side of the slide have always done so at their own risk. MoTI has repeatedly cautioned that it was not safe to cross the slide by any means. For traffic safety reasons only, a flagger employed by MoTI/their contractor had been coincidentally located on Old Fort Road on the Fort St. John side of the landslide. As of July 9 this flagger has been removed by MoTI as the position is no longer required to address their road safety concerns. This flagger was not a PRRD or R&R Rentals resource.