May 13, 2014 10:08 pm

Lillooet Lake community deemed unsafe due to landslide danger

VIDEO (above): Dozens of residents in the lakeside community of Lillooet Lake Estates near Pemberton are being warned about a high risk of recurring landslides. They all got chilling letters from the Squamish-Lillooet regional district urging them to quote “exercise their good judgment and vacate their dwellings”. Randene Neill has more detail.

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Dozens of residents in a lakeside community near Pemberton have been warned by the Squamish Lillooet Regional District to vacate their properties indefinitely due to a risk of dangerous recurring landslides.

In April, letters were sent to 152 Lillooet Lake Estates lot owners telling them their properties were no longer safe.

The warning was specifically targeted to about 34 homes on 54 lots within 244-metres of the Cataline Creek drainage area, according to SLRD chief administrative officer Lynda Flynn.

“The community of Lillooet Lake Estates is located in a geologically active area, and geotechnical hazards affecting Lillooet Lake Estates have been identified over the years in several reports dating back to before the creation of the Land Use Contract in 1976,” the SLRD said in a statement.

Safety concerns were highlighted last August after a landslide from Cataline Creek dumped between 10,000 and 25,000 cubic metres of debris through the area.

It was the third large landslide in the area in the past 10 years.

Flynn said a new risk assessment study is underway and should be completed by the end of September.

Until then, full-time residents and owners of recreational properties in the area are being cautioned not to occupy “dwellings, trailers or tents in the [243 metres] corridor surrounding Cataline Creek,” the SLRD said, adding that owners and occupants should “exercise their good judgment and vacate.”

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