Evacuation ordered in Kaslo

A state of emergency has been declared following a mudslide Monday

The Regional District of Central Kootenay declared a state of emergency and issued an evacuation order in Kaslo on Monday evening following a landslide above Zwicky Road.

The slide occurred at about 6 p.m., too close to dark for a geotechnical crew to examine the slide and assess the risk, according to RDCK spokesperson Bronwen Bird. She said the evacuation was carried out as a precautionary measure. No buildings were damaged and no one was injured.

The evacuation order was issued for 47 homes in the following areas: Zwicky road area from 1531 to Victoria Avenue, all of Charles St., all of Sherman St., the west side of Craft St., the west side of Jardine St., the 1100 and 1200 blocks of ‘C’ Avenue, 1200 block of ‘B’ Avenue, and the west side of Allen St.

Evacuated residents reported to the reception centre at the Kaslo Royal Canadian Legion Hall, and temporary accommodation was organized from there.

The geotechnical work will be done Tuesday morning, and at press time no results had been announced. Updated information will be reported at nelsonstar.com.