Wednesday, March 30, 2005
On Thursday, March 31, a small
excavator will begin digging open
test pits at the top of the slope.
This will allow for collection and
analysis of further soil samples to
determine the types of soil present
and depths of each layer. The
excavation, although subject to
weather conditions, is expected to
last three days. Families from three
homes above the slope remain
evacuated and a security presence
remains at the landslide site.
Services to one home at the bottom
of the slope have now been restored
and that resident will be allowed to
return home shortly. District staff
are working with another homeowner
at the bottom of the slope to
determine the practicality of house
repairs, prior to re-occupancy.
Friday, March 18, 2005
Work continues on the site and includes open test pits and deep drilling at the top of the slope, which will allow for a detailed analysis of the soil conditions including the types of soil present and the depth of each layer. To accomplish this, residents can expect to see a heavy duty drill rig on site today and throughout the weekend.
Our experts monitoring the weather forecast informed us that the impacts of the rainfall over the weekend will be negligible.
The District has now installed eight piezometers along the top of the slope, which measure ground water levels and pressure. These devices are a short term, risk management measure. Currently, they require manual readings by an on-site crew member however plans are in place to link them electronically to allow for remote readings for the longer term. Once lab analysis of the soil is complete, the District will start to focus on long term slope stability measures.
Families from three homes above the slope remain evacuated and a security presence remains at the landslide site. District staff has been working with two other homeowners to restore services and determine the practicality of house repairs, respectively, prior to re-occupancy.
Monday, March 14, 2005
On Friday, March 11, senior District staff and Geotechnical Engineers
met with the evacuees of ten homes to provide an update on site work to
date. During this meeting, the District also informed five families that
they could return to their homes the following day. Residents of a sixth
home will be able to return later this week, once utility service is
restored. Families from the three homes above the slope remain
Monday, March 7, 2005
District fire fighters host BBQ fundraiser to aid victims of slide