Landslide cuts off residents of Old Fort Road near Fort St. John

A landslide has cut off residents of Old Fort Road near Fort St. John. YRB photo
A landslide has cut off residents of Old Fort Road near Fort St. John. YRB photo

The Old Fort Road near Fort St. John is still closed due to the landslide.

Authorities are urging people stay clear of the area as the slide is still active. Residents of the Old Fort will not be able to get to or from their residences until further notice. There are several severe safety risks around the slide area. Everyone should remain clear of the area, and Yellowhead Road and Bridge advises that even foot traffic is not advisable through the slide area.  If there is an emergency please contact RCMP or YRB, and if you have any questions please contact YRB.

The Peace River Regional District has issued an evacuation order for the Peace River Lookout and the lands directly south and south-east, 9819 240 Road and 9909 240 road.

An evacuation alert has been issued for areas of Electoral Area C. 

Residents can evacuate their premises if they feel it necessary to do so. Residents who evacuate will be provided assistance with food and lodging.

Residents who choose to stay in their homes need to be self-sufficient. Residents who choose to stay will not be provided with additional support (supplies, medication, etc.) at this time. 

Those wishing to evacuate must contact the Peace River Regional District immediately at 250 784-3200 to make arrangements for safe transportation out of the area.

The Peace River Regional District has coordinated transportation for people who want to leave the Old Fort Community. Starting at 3 p.m. boats will transport people from the beach behind the house at 8711 Old Fort Loop. The boats will continue to come to the community until all the people that want to leave have left.

A bus will meet the boat at the Taylor Boat launch to take them to the reception centre.