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24 homes evacuated in Penticton for rockslide risk

The properties are located in one corner of the Pleasant Valley Mobile Home Park
City of Penticton public works manager Len Robson points to a rock face that is moving and has potential of breaking away, which lead to evacuations for 24 properties on Penticton Avenue. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)

A potential rockslide has forced 24 homes in Penticton to evacuate.

The properties are located in the northwest corner of the Pleasant Valley Mobile Home Park on Penticton Avenue.

The city was informed earlier on Nov. 21 of a large rock with the potential to break off and fall onto the nearby residences.

“Staff immediately had the site reviewed by a professional geotechnical engineer and following that, made the decision to evacuate the potentially impacted properties,” said emergency operations centre director Kristen Dixon. “The city is working to further assess the area, and develop plans to remove the rock fall risk.”

Engineers are on their way and a rock assessment is expected to take place on Nov. 22.

Firefighters and bylaw officers informed residents in the area of the evacuation. Emergency Support Services has been activated at Fire Hall 2 at 285 Dawson Ave.

“Residents are asked to go down to the ESS centre and register, as this will allow us to continue to update them on developments and what next steps may be necessary to deal with the hazard,” said Dixon.

A local state of emergency has not yet been declared.

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