House inside BC about to collapse into the Nicola River

A house along Highway 8 in the interior of British Columbia, used by a family as a second home, is on the verge of collapsing into the Nicola River, which has carved the edge of the highway for heavy floods hit the area.

The property was severely damaged during last November’s atmospheric river event that caused widespread flooding and washed out huge portions of highways, including parts of Coquihalla and Highway 8.

Edith Rubner’s father purchased the 70 acre property in 1972. River has taken 15 acres of land so far including equipment, vehicles, storage sheds, pump house and their electricity .

“It’s been devastating since November 15,” she told CBC host Sarah Penton Radio West. It’s been anxiety and devastation, and there’s not much we can do. Our hands are tied.”

The owners conducted a survey of the property with staff from the Nicola Thompson Regional District to determine if there were any options to salvage the home. (Micheal MacArthur and Brandi Coutts)

Rubner says all that remains is the house trailer and porch, which is currently about four feet from the widening shore.

She and her siblings watched for months as the river engulfed more and more land. Rubner says not enough is being done to save his family’s property.

“The salvage society is able to pull out anything in the river and has all kinds of money for that,” she said. “However, the trailer is not in the river yet. Therefore, they don’t have the money to move the trailer.”

The trailer was pulled back about 25 feet from the river’s edge in May, but the terrain has since eroded rapidly.

No road access to the property

The Thompson Nicola Regional District said in a statement to CBC that there was no road access to the property, making any rescue effort difficult.

Last week, district personnel, contractors and two of Rubner’s siblings flew to the site by helicopter to review options and remove items where possible. The TNRD statement says it is considering options including using an old machine on site to move the trailer, stealing a machine with a helicopter or trying to get an excavator from a nearby construction site. further down the river.

“The last thing we want to see is this trailer entering the river and adding to the ongoing cleanup,” he said in the statement.

Neighbors Micheal MacArthur and Brandi Coutts who live across the river provided photo updates as the river continues to erode the land. (Micheal MacArthur and Brandi Coutts)

The most dangerous materials, including a propane tank and a shed filled with fuels and solvents, have already been removed. Neighboring homeowners across the river kept Rubner and authorities informed with photos.

The province said in a statement attributable to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change that the property falls under the jurisdiction of TNRD.

Rubner all but lost hope that the trailer would be recovered before it fell into the river.

“It’s sad because it was our recreational property,” she said. “We were going there with my dad, and we enjoy each other’s company and appreciate him in his last days. [at home].”

Listen to Edith Rubner talk to CBC host Sarah Penton about the imminent danger of her house collapsing into the Nicola River:

Radio West8:26Owners of a property along Highway 8 wait and watch in fear as the property nears falling into the Nicola River

Owners of a property along Highway 8 wait and watch in fear as the property nears falling into the Nicola River

Betty K. Park