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Slope failure prompts state of local emergency in Penticton

A retaining wall collapsed following a landslide along Creekside Road in Penticton, B.C., on Aug. 6, 2020. Global News

The City of Penticton has declared a state of local emergency due to a slope failure.

The slope failure occurred at 645 Heather Rd and 718 Creekside Rd.

The failure has caused a retaining wall to crumble onto the Creekside Rd property.

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The city says it obtained advice from a geotechnical engineer and ordered evacuations for the two properties.

Both properties had already been vacated due to “no occupancy” orders made on Friday.

“(It) gives the city a little more thorough process and accessibility to the properties,” said Ken Kunka, the City of Penticton’s deputy director of development services.

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Evacuation alerts have also been issued for 619 and 673 Heather Rd. and 712 and 734 Creekside Rd.

“There is no danger present or forecasted for Creekside Road and no danger exists for the electrical utility,” said Kunka.

“We are not certain what caused the slope failure — that’s why we have engineers looking at it now.”

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There is concern that the lower home at 718 Creekside Rd. might partially collapse.

The city says it will receive additional geotechnical information early this week and will reassess the situation once that information is available.

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