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Those evacuated after Vernon mudslide can return home

Vernon Fire and Rescue Services

Residents of the six properties evacuated following a small landslide this weekend, have got the all-clear and can now return to their homes.

According to a City of Vernon media release, a geotechnical engineer has confirmed the site is stable following the landslide that took place in the 900 block of Mt. Robson Place, Vernon, Feb. 1.

Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to reports of the storm causing water and mud to slide down a hill and on to the street at the development on Feb. 1 As a precaution, the residents from six townhouses were evacuated.

"According to the engineer’s report, the topsoil on the hillside became saturated when a large amount of snow melted very quickly. This caused the slide," Vernon Fire Chief David Lind said in the release. "The engineer has completed a comprehensive assessment of the area and a series of mitigation measures were recommended to the strata developer in order to direct any future mudflows away from the buildings and improve hillside drainage."

According to the release, the developer has made the recommended changes and the site is now safe for people to return.

"There is a possibility some topsoil may still run down the slope and need to be cleaned up," Lind said. "But with confirmation that the site is safe, the precautionary evacuation has been lifted."

Residents affected by the landslide were helped by the Emergency Support Services program during the evacuation.

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