Retaining wall collapses in Burnaby, nearby homes evacuated

Landslide threatens homes

A landslide in Burnaby prompted the evacuation of several homes Thursday morning and buried a section of laneway in mud, rocks and other debris.

Firefighters were called to the lane between Barnet Road and Braeside Drive about 9:30 a.m., according to assistant fire Chief Barry Mawhinney. City public works officials were already on scene investigating the slope failure.

The slide near Burnaby Mountain forced the evacuation of six homes after a retaining wall failed.

Chris Bryan with the City of Burnaby says about 20 metres of a five to six-metre high wall gave way, damaging a garage on the adjacent property below.

He says a geotechnical engineer has been called in to determine if there is any further risk to the nearby homes.

No injuries were reported.

Brian Carter, manager of public works operations, said a retaining wall failed and toppled over, sending mud, rocks, trees and other debris down the slope and onto the lane.

He said the site has been secured in case more of the wall or slope comes down.

“If more of the wall did come down or more of the slope did come down, potentially it could take some of the hydro poles down,” he said.

Carter said it will be up to geotechnical and structural engineers to figure out what caused the collapse.

B.C. Hydro shut down power in the area until an assessment could be made of the retaining wall and slope.

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