Mudslide forces women’s centre to evacuate

Residents of the Abbotsford Women's Centre evacuated the building on Sunday after the property was deemed dangerous

A mudslide at a women's recovery centre in Abbotsford forced residents to evacuate on Sunday.

A mudslide at a women's recovery centre in Abbotsford forced residents to evacuate on Sunday.

Twelve women residing at a recovery home in Abbotsford were instructed to gather their belongings and abandon the building on Sunday night, following a mudslide.

The Abbotsford Women’s Centre, a recovery centre located east of Abbotsford, is run by BC Teen Challenge, a faith-based residential program for people suffering from addictions.

Brian West, the manager of the centre, noticed a new spring of water on the property about two weeks ago.

On Sunday night it became apparent the the amounts of water, mud and caving earth were a potential danger to the facility and potentially to the women living at the centre.

Blaine McDonald, executive director of BC Teen Challenge, consulted geotechnical engineers who gave the order to evacuate.

The site is currently being assessed by engineers and municipal officials.

The women are currently staying at a bed and breakfast, offered to them temporarily by a donor.

Those wishing to help can make a donation at any Envision Financial branch in B.C., under the name of “BC Teen Challenge Mudslide Disaster.”

Practical gifts of toiletries, groceries and gift cards are also appreciated.