Happy Thanksgiving or Columbus Day for our American friends,
I’m sure by now most of you have seen the news out of Port Alice about the mud slide which caused some damage to our vacation rental home. We were very fortunate that the guest staying on the main floor had checked out that morning and no one was injured or frightened.
The mud slide from the heavy rains occurred about 1/2 mile to the south of Copper Coast but a portion of the slide found it’s way down the creek beside our property and it appears that one of the timbers in the swollen creek caught a column supporting the deck and spun around breaking 2 windows and the frame of the garden doors (both doors were still fine including the glass). The wall has since been re-framed and the windows and door frame are on order.
The good news is that the Geotechnical Investigation that was completed before purchasing the property (conducted by an engineering firm with offices from Victoria to Toronto) found that “there are no apparent slope stability concerns” and that “the granular soil encountered over the till or bedrock will provide good foundation conditions for low or high rise buildings”. A rock retaining wall will
now be built between the creek and our vacation home. Another upside is that the already fantastic oceanview is even better as a result of a few trees between the road and inlet being washed out.
We will be open for guests on the main floor as soon as the rock retaining wall is completed and will reopen the 2 bedrooms on the walkout floor after the windows and doors are complete along with minor drywall repairs even though neither bedroom was affected.
Now is the time to take advantage of me for good deals on the main floor. We will send out another newsletter when the rock retaining wall is in place.
A special thanks to my sister Fern and her husband Harv Willems for helping in the clean up.
From the photos you can see the minimal amount of damage and how close it was from missing us completely.
As always please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.