Laurentians landslide leads to evacuation of four homes

Residents of four homes in Saint-Sophie in the Laurentians are in temporary shelter after a landslide over the weekend forced authorities to take precautionary measures.

Two Sainte-Sophie houses damaged in slide on Saturday, two more evacuated Monday

Sainte-Sophie residents and civil security officials gather to discuss precautionary measures after a landslide in the area forced four families from their homes. (Radio-Canada)

Residents of four homes in Sainte-Sophie in the Laurentians are in temporary shelter after a landslide over the weekend.

No one was hurt in the incident, but unstable soil continues to be a concern.

Two homes were damaged Saturday afternoon by the initial slide and another two homes were evacuated Monday as a precaution after a geological inspection of soil in the area along the L'Achigan River.

Eleven people were displaced by the evacuations. The Red Cross has moved 9 people to temporary accommodations at a local hotel.

It’s not known how long they will have to wait before they can return to their homes.

“There were a few small slides a number of years ago, but nothing since then,” the mayor of Sainte-Sophie, Louise Gallant, told Radio-Canada.

Last week saw two other landslides in the Laurentians area, one in Saint-Adolphe-d'Howard and another at Lac-des-Seize-Îles. The latter washed two cottages and four boathouses into the lake.