Three Chilliwack families are safe after a landslide forced the evacuation of their homes this morning.
“I’m just really grateful that our fire department moved in as quickly as they could and that the residents were able to get out safely,” says Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz.
Gaetz says she was notified about the slide at Giesbrecht Road and Vedder Mountain around 10 a.m, and that right now the cause of the landslide is unknown but a geotechnical engineer has been sent to investigate.
“Apparently there are three boulders that are sitting up on the top of this slide that make it very precarious and they could fall down at any time. So the geotech will be determining whether or not the public is in danger right now.”
Chilliwack RCMP say the incident may be related to blasting that occurred at a quarry on top of Vedder Mountain.
This is not the first landslide in the area. Gaetz says in 2009 a landslide destroyed most of a home that later needed to be demolished.
“It actually destroyed most of the home and the home was demolished. So yes, it’s surprising that there’s another event in this area. I’m not sure again what caused this so we will be letting the public know as soon as we hear back from the geotech engineer.”
Anyone travelling into Chilliwack from Yarrow will need to take Highway 1 while the area is closed to traffic.