2nd body found in Canadian landslide

July 17, 2012 at 1:32 AM
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JOHNSONS LANDING, British Columbia, July 17 (UPI) -- Searchers found the body of a woman Monday in the debris left by a landslide that hit Johnsons Landing, a remote lakeside hamlet in western Canada.

The July 12 landslide is believed to have killed four people, Valentine Webber and his daughters, Diana, 22, and Rachel, 17, and Petra Frehse, a German woman who had been making regular summer visits to Johnsons Landing in southeastern British Columbia for many years, The Province reported. A body discovered Sunday is believed to be Webber's.

Another landslide roared through nearby Fairmont Hot Springs Sunday, cutting roads and stranding about 300 people at a campground. Experts said Sunday that while Fairmont Hot Springs appears to have little risk of another slide, they were keeping a careful eye on Johnsons Landing, which is wedged in between Kootenay Lake and the Purcell Mountains.

Jeremy Zandbergen, an employee of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, said the most likely possibility is a landslide that would follow the same path as the earlier one.

"Especially around the edges of the landslide scars – there could be some sloughing," Zandbergen said. "It could come down the debris flow path and further down the mountainside. Crews are on site assessing that all the time and monitoring to make sure no more material is coming down and if it is that people down below get out of the way in a hurry."

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