KAMLOOPS (NEWS 1130) – A local state of emergency has been declared in the City of Kamloops due to growing fears of a landslide. There’s an unstable slope that has forced more than 20 people to pack up and evacuate their homes.
City workers first had concerns nearly three weeks ago, just north of the Rayleigh subdivision close to the turn-off on the way to Sun Peaks Ski Resort, when they saw pooling water and muddy debris falling onto Highway 5 below.
“The City of Kamloops has been working with geo-technical experts to monitor the area for several weeks and identified a recent significant change in the landscape causing the City to take this action. Pooling of water has resulted in sloughing of the hillside,” the city says in a statement.
Things have escalated over the last week with movement on the slope. On Thursday afternoon the city notified people who live in the area that it was time to get out and issued the evacuation order. By Thursday night, as many as 22 people had registered with the city’s emergency response centre.
“We understand the evacuated residents are concerned and we are striving to keep them informed with accurate information,” says EOC Information Officer Tammy Robertson. “We are hoping to get them back to their homes as soon as possible.”
So far, there have been no injuries reported, and the highway remains open.