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No immediate reports of injuries after 6 homes evacuated due to North Burnaby landslide

Mudslide comes down on Burnaby Mountain
A tense day for homeowners in a neighbourhood on Burnaby Mountain, after a mudslide came down and collapsed a retaining wall. Jill Bennett reports.

At least six homes were evacuated Thursday after a landslide in a North Burnaby neighbourhood.

The slide occurred near the Barnet Highway, and happened after the retaining wall of a property in the 7300-block of Braeside Drive gave way around 8:30 a.m., according to Burnaby manager of work operations Brian Carter.

Aerial footage shows an area that appears to be under construction at the property where the slide originated.

The scene of a small landslide in a North Burnaby neighbourhood on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.
The scene of a small landslide in a North Burnaby neighbourhood on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Shane MacKichan
“[It] tumbled down into the back lane and brought all the soil with it and caused some damage to the garage in the back lane and to the some of the properties are on Barnet Road,” he said.
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“Our primary focus is just make the site safe now.”

Carter said there were no immediate reports of injuries, and that the city had disconnected some utilities such as power.

The scene of a small landslide in a North Burnaby neighbourhood on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.
The scene of a small landslide in a North Burnaby neighbourhood on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Shane MacKichan

Initial reports said eight homes were evacuated, but later releases lowered that number to six.

One resident who lives next to the evacuated homes told Global News she had concerns about the wall even after it was completed a few months ago.

“We’ve lived here for way over 40 years, and I’ve never seen seen walls like that get put up at all,” Jannet Tricarico said.

“We have been complaining about the water coming down. When water comes down that much, it’s mud.”

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TransMountain, which operates the nearby Westridge Marine Terminal, said the slide was not in proximity to any of its operations, property or equipment.

The evacuation order was lifted after 5 p.m. Thursday evening, but homeowners were told not to go into their backyards for safety concerns. Power remained out for the properties.

Crews were expected to remain on site throughout the evening into Friday morning, when cleanup will continue.

-With files from Erin Ubels and Jill Bennett

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