Landslides

When residential development expands onto steep slopes, landslides become a greater hazard for both people and infrastructure. Residential developments at the base of slopes may also be at risk.

Protect Your Home and Property

Download the PreparedBC: Landslide Information for Homeowners and Home Buyers guide (PDF) to learn about protecting your home and property. 

 

Landslide Information for Homeowners and Home Buyers

 

Recognize the Danger Signs

Get to know your terrain and waterways. The best way to prepare is to be aware of changes that could signal a landslide. These may include:

  • Sudden changes in stream flow
  • Rapid changes or pulses in flow (e.g. changes in volume) or pulses of sediment (e.g. from clear to murky).
  • Abnormally dirty water
  • Accumulation of large logs or debris
  • Rapid accumulation of sediment or bed-load along a flat section of a creek channel
  • Tension cracks near the top of the slope
  • Falling rocks or boulders or flowing or sliding soil. This may precede a much larger landslide

Leave the area immediately if you observe the following:

  • A faint rumbling sound that increases in volume
  • Unusual sounds, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together

When you are safe, report the situation by calling 9-1-1. If you are caught in a landslide with no option to evacuate, curl in a tight ball and protect your head and neck.