Insurance problems stall stabilization work at Saguenay landslide site

Adella Miesner

The inhabitants of about 60 residences affected by the La Baie landslide are unable to return home.

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Work to stabilize the site of landslide last June in the Saguenay borough La Baie has been stalled by the inability of the contractor to procure insurance for the operation.

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The city of Saguenay says it is ready to proceed, as is the Quebec Transport Ministry. The municipality has reiterated its commitment to completing the work as quickly as possible.

In an effort to end the impasse, the Saguenay resources division is assisting the contractor in his search for an insurer. The city has extended its state of emergency for the area until July 30.

The inhabitants of about 60 residences affected by the landslide are unable to return home.

After the incident, authorities found that five homes could not be saved and would need to be demolished. The provincial government has allocated a maximum of $375,000 in compensation for each of the residences destroyed by the landslide.

Saguenay is reminding the public it can still donate to a fund established for those affected by the landslide. In the event all of the funds are not spent, they will be placed in a fund dedicated to helping future disaster victims.

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