Quebec family died in landslide

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The same expert, Peter Quinn, who made the map depicting areas of Sainte Anne de Bellevue at moderate to high risk of landslides, is quoted in the tragedy below. We still have no idea if the Mayor and council are investigating the dangers of building on this land or if existing homes are at risk.

Home where Quebec family died in landslide was high risk: Expert
Engineer’s map shows area ‘not a good place to put a house’, Max Harrold, Canwest News Service

An engineer who is a landslide expert says he knew the town of St. Jude was in a high-risk zone for a landslide, although the Quebec government’s 26-year-old map indicated the area was lower-risk. Pete Quinn, a private geotechnical engineer whose Ottawa firm advises mining and railway companies, has made a map indicating hundreds of sites at risk for landslides in towns and in cottage country around Montreal. Richard Prefontaine, his wife, Line Charbonneau, and their children Amelie, 12, and Anais, 9, were sitting in their basement Monday in St. Jude, about 75 kilometres northeast of Montreal, when the landslide thrust their home 40 metres down into a giant crater measuring about 400 metres by 600 metres. They were buried in mud and suffocated.

“St. Jude is in one of the more susceptible areas in Quebec, and this could have been identified through careful prior analysis,” he noted.

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