Heavy rainfall, not tree removal, primary factor in Arbutus Cove landslide, Saanich says – Times Colonist

Heavy rainfall — not tree eradicating — was The primary Assume A few landslide that closed Arhoweverus Cove seashore in late December, Saanich’s director of engineering Harley Machielse said Thursday.

Saanich had taken the property proprietor to courtroom in 2017 after he reduce down protected timber, However the district Does not have any proof the tree eradicating was a contrihowevering problem to the slope failure, Machielse said. “We accomplished an preliminary evaluation of the slope failure, which indicated the prolonged and vital rainfall was the primary contrihowevering problem. The world is located on a steep bluff with underlying soil ­circumstances That when saturated are Susceptible to periodic failures,” said Machielse.

Definitely one of the biggest apply for any steep space is To Guarantee ­vegetation is primarytained, ­drainage is managed and buildings Aren’t constructed On the crest of the slope, said Machielse. These measures can enhance ­stability circumstances, however They do not take away the potential for slope failures completely.

Machielse confirmed the slope failure Occurred on the Arhoweverus Road property of Jan Visser Van Ijzendoorn, who was fined $10,000 for slicing down the timber.

The entry to the seashore will stay closed till the district is assured the seashore space Might be safely entryed, he said.

“We’ll reassess the space in two weeks To Search out out if it’s relevant to reopen the seashore entry factors On the time.”

Nobody was harm Inside the slide.

The district Shall be ­working with the property proprietor To lease Educated to further assess the slope and advocate ­preventive and remedial measures That Can be accomplished Inside the brief and Prolonged time period, said Machielse.

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