Campaign launched to support Chetwynd family impacted by landslide

Friends of a Chetwynd family have set up a GoFundMe campaign to help them find evacuation accomodations after their house was the victim of a landslide.

The McKays had moved to Chetwynd about eight months ago from the Okanagan for a job opportunity, friends say. With a large family — a dad, mom, and seven children (aged three to 15) — they were lucky to find a suitable house to rent.

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“The hill that the house had been sitting on for the last 40 years gave way and a landslide 500 metres wide took out their whole backyard along with the forest of trees living there leaving a mere 6 feet of earth between their house and a now 50 foot fall. By some miracle, no one was outside at the time,” noted the post. “The house and surrounding area were condemned.”

The property was the subject of an evacuation notice issued by the PRRD in March.

The McKays were given a small window to clear out as many belongings as possible, and were provided with emergency housing, but had to look for other options once that ran out, which it had as of April 1.

The family have since found temporary housing, and say future “contributions will help us find more permanence.”

As of this posting, $1,450 has been raised of a $15,000 goal.

The campaign can be found here.

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