Notes from the Blueridge Community Association Question and Answer session with James Ridge held May 10, 2005

There have been 11 claims filed involving 20 residents. 

Staff have been told by the insurance companies that they would be personally sued if they say anything that compromises the financial position of the district.

There was a rainfall amount of approximately 400mm in the 7 days immediately preceding the slide.
The three families at the top of the slide + the Dykes and the Kuttners remain evacuated.
Approximately $500K has been spent in preparation of the forensic report.
The forensic report will say what contributed to the cause of the slide, not what actually caused it.
The study may not become public until after it is introduced in court.
The 2 slabs on either side of the landslide are at higher risk of sliding during high water levels for a period of time after the landlside.

The Perrault backyard is gone.

The Norris backyard has a corner missing.
A decision as to whether they will ever be allowed to return home has yet to be made.

It would require piles to be driven in and the back yards restored.

Some of the Dykes backyard has now been used for drainage culverts.
A predictive computer model is being developed using the following variables:
        - piezometer water levels and pressures
        - rain patterns using various collection points around the district
        - creek water levels on certain key creeks
James Ridge is a Blueridge resident.
The slope stability monitoring program will be kept in place permanently.
The district will never be able to guarantee total slope stability.
The focus will be on life safety.
High risk escarpments exist in Pemberton Heights, Lynn Valley, and Riverside.
An estimate of the cost to fully control debris flow across the district is $40M. That would require an 80% tax increase.
Its a matter of prioritizing what to do first and how far to go.
In addition to Landslides, the district is also involved in minimizing risks from Earthquakes and Fires. Some experts say that the area is 200 years overdue for a significant earthquake and 50 years overdue for a significant fire.
The district will be preparing a Homeowners guide which will contain recommendations on how to prepare for Earthquake, Fire, and Slide emergencies.
Geotechs will be made available to evaluate the properties of concerned homeowners in July and August.
Current district bylaws do not allow the district to force homeowners to change the slope geometry of their yards. This can be done while provincial emergency powers are in effect.
Electronic monitoring of piezometer levels was supposed to be intalled by the end of April. This has been delayed and the current date of completion is unknown.
There are 8 piezometes installed right now. The current locations may be changed.