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Chines slope is stable, studies say
Coquitlam residents living in a hillside neighbourhood shouldn't be concerned about a landslide happening anytime soon.
That's the conclusion of two recent studies that looked at the strength of the Chines slope, which borders Port Moody on the south side of Barnet highway, according to a city press release.
The slope assessment came at the request of city council last year and involved an examination of the soil conditions, structures and possible signs of instability. As part of the public safety inspection, engineers visited 118 private and public properties. Seven residences deemed to be high-risk — plus another 10 "exposed" lots — underwent a more detailed geotechnical analysis.
That study found the landslide impacts "are within generally acceptable risk tolerance criteria," according to the release issued last week.
(The reports are available online at coquitlam.ca/chinesslope.)
In December 2009, a mudslide forced a family from its Corona Crescent home and pushed debris downhill to Brookmount Road in Port Moody.
The Chines neighbourhood is made up of a series of watersheds in Coquitlam and PoMo that includes Schoolhouse and Pigeon creeks and the Suterbrook sub-catchments.