Landslide forces evacuation order

The District of Lillooet has issued an evacuation order for one home on Roshard Road and evacuation alerts for two nearby homes.

The homes are located in the 1300-and-1400-blocks of Roshard Road at the base of the hillside below Texas Creek Road.

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Upon the recommendation of Lillooet Emergency Program Co-ordinator Darren Oike. Mayor Marg Lampman has declared a local state of emergency in that area.

The declaration allows the District to apply to the Provincial Emergency Program for funding to pay for a geo-tech assessment at the scene.

Sandy and Randy McNary were issued an evacuation order June 18 for their home at 1445 Roshard Road after a mudslide came roaring down the hillside, narrowly missing their home.

The McNary family was celebrating Father’s Day when the slope failure occurred just before 1 p.m. Sunday.

Darren Oike told District of Lillooet Ccouncil Monday that it appears the slope failure occurred in a localized area where a culvert is located on Texas Creek Road.

Oike added that about 2,000 cubic metres of debris, including mud, rocks and vegetation, came down the slope, crossed the road leading to the McNary home and continued below the road, temporarily blocking traffic on the McNarys’ driveway.

“The geo-technical engineers were in this afternoon and have made recommendations that one of the residences not be inhabited until further studies can be done from a safety perspective,” continued Oike. “They’re also advising that two properties be put on alert so that we can further study the back hillside.”

The properties on evacuation alert are located at 1387 and 1323 Roshard Road.

The evacuation order and alert remain in effect until June 25 when the situation will be reassessed.

Oike added that he and Director of Public Works Rod Pleasance were on the scene until 2 a.m. Monday morning “helping out with mitigation and trying to divert water because it was still coming down.”

 

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