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As more landslides are expected in Whitehorse, the city has distributed packages to some residents, including advice on how to prepare for the possibility of being trapped.

These packages are provided to people living in areas where landslides are expected.

This includes instructions such as having supplies ready for 72 hours and signs that say Help or OK on residents’ windows.

Taylor Espiter, manager of engineering services for the city, said the package is a precaution.

“So this is some, you know, some general emergency preparedness information,” he said.

Photo of the package distributed by the city to homes near the hillside. This includes suggestions such as ensuring that residents have enough supplies for 72 hours if they are stuck in their homes. (Chris Winter / CBC)

The city said in a statement that landslides were being caused by groundwater leaks and that more experts were being called in to assess the situation.

An earlier release had said that authorities were monitoring the entire mountain range and responding to landslides. The public has been told to avoid the basement and closed areas of the escarpment, such as the dog park at the end of Sixth Avenue and Main Street from Jekyll Street to Trouri Street.

The city announced Sunday that it has expanded the number of fenced perimeters at the base of the escort as a precautionary measure.

The report said there was no risk to public or private property.

‘See more slides’

Dave lives on Newwell Wood Street, near one of the landslides, and has lived in the area for decades.

He said landslides have occurred in the past, but they occur frequently.

“So this is not new to me. But, you know, it’s obviously, with a lot of snow, and now we’ll see more slides,” Newell said.

Photo of a landslide shot by Amy Smarch outside her door. (Submitted by Amy Smarch)

Anne Midler lives near the mountain range, but a short distance from the area where the danger lies.

He said the city is in a difficult position with its response, but he thinks the authorities have made the right call to close some areas.

“You have people who think you are doing too much or not enough,” he said.

“But I think it’s an example of them taking precautionary measures. And it’s wise and prudent to get people out of here when there is danger.”

Work has begun to clean up what had previously been a landslide

The situation comes after the city began clearing up a massive landslide late last month.

The landslide was caused by about 3,000 to 4,000 cubic meters of sand, silt and clay passing through the Robert Service Way and the Millennium Trail and then falling into the Yukon River.

The city said the current collapse did not occur because of the recently built sheet piling wall on the Robert Service Way.

Landslides can be reported to the city on 867-667-2111.