Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of when a torrent of mud and debris roared down on the tiny Kootenay hamlet of Johnsons Landing.
Local Kate O’Keefe says it’s a difficult time, as residents remember the father, his two daughters, and a German tourist killed in the massive landslide.
“I’m still working with a counsellor to get over some of the problems associated for me, the two year anniversary they say is a particularly difficult time, a lot of the young people who were affected by the death of the two children are receiving counselling again, just because it brings it all back again, it’s a difficult time.”
Nelson-Creston NDP MLA Michelle Mungall laments the lack of compensation to effected residents as the government refuses to buy-out the properties.
“Families who have lost their homes due to the mudslide in Johnsons Landing not only have to continue to pay property taxes, but they can’t sell, there is just no value to their property anymore.”
An evacuation order for the area remains in effect.