Land slippage impacts 120 properties

Property owners impacted by land slippage in the Hodgson Road area received letters and copies of three engineering reports Tuesday.

Approximately 120 property owners impacted by land slippage in the Hodgson Road area, received letters and copies of three separate engineering reports released by the City and the Cariboo Regional District Tuesday.

One of the reports said the area of detected ground movement has increased by half since the landslide was last investigaged in 1998-1999 and the damage is impacting roads, utilities, businesses and residences.

“We have distributed the three reports to affected property owners within the slide area,” said CRD Chair Al Richmond.

The city’s manager of development services Leah Hartley said some of those property owners have had geotechnical reports done already, but others will be seeing this information for the first time.

“We are going to want to assist property owners receiving this information,” Hartley said.

Last year the two local governments requested the reports after officials attended a meeting in August where residents from Terra Ridge and owners of the Pioneer Complex talked about the impacts the land slippage was having on their buildings.

A geotechnical engineering firm has now been hired to do an independent analysis of the reports and provide further recommendations.

“The city hopes the review will give us some options on how to proceed,” Mayor Walt Cobb said.

Reports and a map of the affected are available for viewing at cariboord.ca or at williamslake.ca.