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Family leaves home after Seawatch sinkhole opens

District of Sechelt

The District of Sechelt was scrambling this week after a three-metre-deep sinkhole emerged on a residential property on Gale Avenue North in the Seawatch subdivision on Feb. 26, prompting the family to leave their home.

The District was scheduling meetings with a geotechnical engineering firm it has retained and the geotechnical firm connected with the developer, Concordia Seawatch Ltd., communications manager Connie Jordison said Wednesday.

Jordison said a second property could also be affected.

“There’s a property across the road on lot 9 showing signs of there being an impact on the driveway area, and that house I don’t believe is occupied,” she said.

A meeting was held Tuesday night with a large group of residents to update them on the problem and the District’s response.

The District is continuing to monitor the situation and closed a portion of the road to vehicular traffic as a precautionary measure.