UPDATED: Evacuation Order reduced at Kaslo landslide

A mudslide observed above Zwicky Road was estimated to be 10,000 to 20,000 cubic metres, 100m long and 75m wide. — Photo courtesy RDCK
A mudslide observed above Zwicky Road was estimated to be 10,000 to 20,000 cubic metres, 100m long and 75m wide. — Photo courtesy RDCK

Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre said in a media release late Tuesday, the evacuation order area for the Kaslo landslide has been reduced after a site inspection and consultation with geotechnical experts.

The RDCK EOC said that residents that have been removed from the evacuation order area should remain on evacuation alert and be vigilant and prepared to evacuate if necessary.

The properties that remain under evacuation order are:

  • 1450 Zwicky Road
  • 1447 Zwicky Road
  • 1443 Zwicky Road
  • 1325 Victoria Avenue
  • 502 Charles Street
  • 424 Charles Street

"During the site assessment of the landslide today it was observed that the volume of the slide is estimated to be 10,000 to 20,000 cubic metres, 100m long and 75m wide," the RDCK press release said.

"The toe of the slide is approximately 300 metres above the nearest houses on Zwicky Road, and a small volume of muddy water is flowing down to the area above the houses.

"A small amount of slide movement was noted by geotechnical experts today and other signs of continuing instability were observed.

The RDCK said this slide is part of a larger dormant ancient landslide feature and occurred following a winter with an unusually high valley bottom snowpack.

"This snowpack has melted over the past weeks and the area has received a large amount of rainfall which contributed to the slide," the release said.

The RDCK said it will keep the public updated as more information becomes available.

Residents can contact the Emergency Operations Centre Reception for more information at 1-866-522-7701 or 250-352-7701, as well as the Provincial Emergency Coordinator Centre at 1-800-663-3456.

Geotechnical experts continue to assess landslide near Kaslo

In a media release Tuesday afternoon, the Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre said the Evacuation Order remains in place as geotechnical experts assess the landslide above Zwicky Road in Kaslo.
 
The RDCK said another public meeting will be held this evening at the Kaslo Royal Canadian Legion Hall at 403 5th Street in Kaslo at 6 p.m. to provide a further update to residents.
 
"All residents who have not already checked in with the reception centre are encouraged to do so," the media release said.

"The reception centre is located at the Kaslo Royal Canadian Legion Hall, and will be open until 8 p.m. tonight."
 
The RDCK will keep the public updated as more information becomes available.
 
Residents can contact the Emergency Operations Centre Reception for more information at 1-866-522-7701 or 250-352-7701, as well as the Provincial Emergency Coordinator Centre at 1-800-663-3456.

For further information, please visit:
 
Emergency Management info
 
RDCK Facebook page
 
Evacuation Order for Kaslo remains in place
 
The Regional District of Central Kootenay said the State of Local Emergency and Evacuation Order for Kaslo following a landslide above Zwicky Road remains in place.

In a media release Tuesday, the RDCK said no houses have been damaged in the landslide. However, the evacuation order area remains the same.

"RDCK Emergency staff and a geotechnical engineer will be conducting a helicopter flight this morning to assess the landslide," the media release said.

"A public meeting will be held this afternoon at the Kaslo Royal Canadian Legion Hall at 1 pm. RDCK Emergency staff, RCMP, and provincial staff will be providing an update to residents on the expected duration of the evacuation order."

The RDCK will keep the public updated as more information becomes available.

Residents can contact the EOC Reception for more information at 1-866-522-7701 or 250-352-7701, as well as the Provincial Emergency Coordinator Centre at 1-800-663-3456.

State of Local Emergency declared for parts of Kaslo

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has declared a State of Local Emergency as well as an Evacuation Order in Kaslo late Monday night following a mudslide above Zwicky Road.

The Evacuation Order includes the following areas:

  • Zwicky road area from 1531 to Victoria Avenue
  • All of Charles Street
  • All of Sherman Street
  • West side of Craft Street
  • West side of Jardine Street
  • 1100 and 1200 blocks of "C" Avenue
  • 1200 Block of "B" Avenue
  • West side of Allen Street

The RDCK said in the media release Monday residents are required to leave the affected area immediately and report to the reception centre.

A reception centre was set update the Kaslo Royal Canadian Legion Hall, located at 403 5th street in Kaslo.

The RDCK has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday (April 18) at 1 p.m. in the Legion Hall to discuss the next step in the process with residents.

For more information visit the Emergency Management link.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness go to this link.

 

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