Rock fall closes Pemberton road 

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The site of a rock fall in Pemberton will be assessed by a geotechnical engineer to make sure another slide isn't likely before clean-up operations get underway.

"We don't want to mobilize equipment twice," said Pemberton Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Sailland Tuesday, Jan. 14, explaining the delay in the clearing of the rocks from the event on Saturday, Jan. 11.

"The piece of rock is large enough where our standard piece of equipment isn't capable of moving the debris," Sailland said the day of the incident on Eagle Ridge Drive.

He added that the Village of Pemberton wants to ensure the work is done in a cost-sensitive way and because the road isn't essential to the community there aren't any time pressures.

"We may have to scrape down more rock to make it safe again," said Sailland.

The rocks came down onto the road at about 8:15 a.m. on Saturday. A resident walked down the road at 8 a.m. and on the way back up 20 minutes later the rocks were discovered on the road.

"Of all the spots for this to occur we lucked out because really, no one was impacted," Sailland said.

Signs were installed letting residents know of the closure. Sailland said the road will be cleared as soon as safely possible and the status of the road will be updated with a note on the village website and the village's Facebook page.


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