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Mudslide hits home in Langley, B.C.


Staff writers
October 31, 2012 — Drenching rain in British Columbia triggered two mudslides in Langley Wednesday. One home was hit by mud.


264th Street will be closed through Thursday
264th Street will be closed through Thursday

City workers in Langley, B.C., are cleaning up after two mudslides struck on Wednesday morning.

A slide forced the evacuation of one home and the closure of 264th Street between 72nd and 84th avenues. 

Just after 5 a.m. PT, mud rushed down the side of a steep slope, hitting the side of the house. Minor damage was reported and there were no injuries. The mud also blocked about 100 metres of 264th Street. 

Officials say recent wet weather triggered the slides. 

"What we've found is that with the new development up on top, which is a golf course, the ground has been overly saturated with the amount of rain that we've had, as well as it's kind of a lower point, and all the ground water has settled in that area," says Brian Edy, Roads and Drainage Manager,Township of Langley. "And that really over-saturated the side and everything came down." 

Mud blocked a road and hit one home
Mud blocked a road and hit one home

The second slide was much smaller and did not affect any homes or roads. 

Edy says there have been a lot of problems in the Langley area thanks to the recent rainfall. He says clogged catch basins are part of the problem. 

"If residents have nothing to do at this point, cleaning the catch basins in front of their house would be very helpful, because our crews are dealing with some other flooded road areas and that, so any assistance would be much appreciated," he says. 

Rainfall warnings remain in effect for parts of British Columbia.

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