A small community on the west side of Vancouver Island has been reduced to just one.
Hugh Pite is the sole resident of Jordan River after B.C. Hydro offered to buy all of the town’s properties.
“Everybody has a reason for going, so they all left.”
Pite’s home lies below the Jordan River diversion dam, an area that is the highest seismic-prone area in B.C. according to Hydro.
The dam is susceptible to failure in a major earthquake but Pite’s love of the surf is keeping him there.
“When I bought the house I knew the dam was up there and I knew there was a risk of it breaking…the chance of me being in a car accident is much much higher than dangers from the dam breaking.”
SEE: Jordan River, B.C. street view
Pite says none of the residents left in fear because they have always known there is a risk of flooding.
“Nobody left because there is a danger, I can guarantee it. Everybody laughed at it.”
He says the crown corporation is limited to what they can do with the land because of the flood risk and was not pushing residents out.
“All they said was if you want to sell we will buy. Everybody got a very fair price from Hydro, and they just left.”
Pite says the future of Jordan River is unclear but that he hopes the land is left to be and industry doesn’t take over.
CKNW has reached out to B.C. Hydro for comment.
Story by Koy Tayler