The state of local emergency has lifted for the City of Campbell River following investigations into a landslide last month.
After working to assess and clean up the site, city officials started an investigation with WSP Canada Inc.. The city says the findings point to natural groundwater moving in the general direction of the landslide.
Potential for further, smaller movements of the slide were identified and short-term actions were recommended and implemented by the city to restrict slope access for public safety. Follow-up recommendations were also identified.
However, the slope is on private property and the city’s involvement in medium and long-term recommendations has not been defined.
Mayor Kermit Dahl says the investigation provides a “foundation” of information that means necessary steps have taken to support public safety.
“The city appreciates the incredible response and support of the emergency services, the Strathcona Regional District Emergency Support Service program, and all the volunteers and businesses who contributed their time and services during the response and recovery efforts,” said Dahl.
The landslide affected residents of 738 Island Highway South on Jan. 17 and they were evacuated while the state of local emergency was enacted to support public safety.
Residents were able to return home following building inspections. The city thanks the 30 volunteers from emergency support services who contributed over 200 hours during the incident.