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More slide concerns

A landslide that destroyed two homes and forced the evacuation of two others in the Shuswap was a naturally occurring event.

But with the recent rains, there are some concerns the earth may not be done moving.

Ryan Nitchie, with the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, said geotechnical crews have determined last Friday's slide was not a result of human activity.

Nitchie said ground water from the snow melt and recent rains caused the ground to be oversaturated, leading to the slide.

And there may be more to come.

Nitchie said experts with Westrek Geotechncal Services will be looking at other areas Thursday to see if there is a risk of more slides.

While no specific areas were identified, Nitchie said geotech crews will be on the lookout for any suspect areas.

“We've been advised there could be more areas of concern,” said Nitchie.

In the meantime, the Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road, in Tappen is still single-lane alternating traffic and the evacuation alert remains in effect.

Crews will also be taking another look at the slide to see if the ground has stopped moving.

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