Penticton landslide crushes into home, still slowly sliding

Landslide crushes into home

Chelsea Powrie

Two Penticton homes have suffered major damage after a slope failure pulled the ground out from underneath one, and sent it crashing into the other. 

On Sunday, a slow-moving landslide underneath a hillside on Heather Road forced the evacuation of the property and the one directly below it on Creekside Road, as the earth slowly shifted and crushed parts of the lower home. 

City of Penticton deputy director of development services Ken Kunka said the slip moved seven to eight feet Sunday, and as of Monday, it's "still creeping." 

"We are looking at hiring a structural engineer," Kunka said. "Right now it seems to be quietened down ... until it stops and completes the slide, we can't really do anything more at this point."

The Creekside Road home has already suffered major damage, with the cliff-facing portion of the house partially collapsed. 

There is no current danger to the road itself or city infrastructure.

"Our geotechnical engineer felt there was enough surface area on Creekside Road to accommodate the remainder of the slip because it's a dry slip not a wet slip where there would be a lot more movement. Thankfully," Kunka said.

Four other nearby properties are still on evacuation alert as of Monday. Kunka hopes to get a better idea of the timeline of the slide in the coming days and when the evacuated properties can expect to regain access.

"Hopefully by mid to the end of this week having somebody assess the structure for the renters to get some of their stuff out of there."

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