Mud and debris sheared off the embankment behind 1216 South Island Highway Wednesday morning

Slide forces partial evacuation of Island Highway complex

Geotechnical and structural engineers on site assessing damage and further slide possibilities

Three residences in a multi-family residential unit were evacuated due to an embankment giving way on the 1200 block of South Island Highway on Wednesday morning.

At approximately 9:45 a.m., emergency crews were alerted to a possible mudslide and structural damage to the complex, where the bank behind it had, in fact, sheared off and come crashing into the southwest corner of the unit.

“There was a fair amount of debris that came down,” according to Campbell River Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Doherty, adding that geotechnical engineers and structural engineers are on scene examining the scene to determine the extent of the damage and assess the possibility of possible subsequent slides.

“If the rains continue, it’s obviously a concern for us, and we’re going to keep a close eye on it.”

The tenants of the three evacuated residences will now have to await the report from the structural engineers before being allowed to return home as the rest of the building nervously awaits the report from the geotechnical engineer in regards to possible subsequent slides.