No Change in Nechako Situation
Prince George, B.C. – It’s been a little over a week since ice on the Nechako River started jamming up at the confluence with the Fraser and while the City maintains its level one emergency operations centre, there has been no major change in the level of the Nechako River.
The City started clearing ice from a back channel that runs under the Cameron Street replica bridge, and that seems to have assisted in keeping the level of the River from rising says City Communications Director Rob Van Adrichem.
Today, Prince George Fire Rescue was using high pressure water flow of water being pumped from the Nechako, to break up some of the ice ( see photo above). Van Adrichem says the water blasting “seems to be working.”
With the holiday weekend nearly here, the City has taken some steps to make sure any changes in the Nechako levels are noted. “We will continue monitoring the situation throughout the holiday” says Van Adrichem, as Prince George Fire Rescue will be checking various locations throughout the weekend and early into next week.
There has been no change in the length of the stationary ice, holding at 12 kms upstream from the confluence although a few more channels of open water have formed leading to the Fraser River.
As a precaution, the City will be delivering notices to residents along P.G. Pulpmill Road and to businesses along River Road to let them know there will be sand and bags available should those property owners feel there is a need to further protect their properties. At this point, there have been no reports of any flooding either by water from the Nechako or groundwater, the offer of sand and bags is just a precaution in the event the levels should rise. Those wanting sand and bags can call either 250-561-7534 or 250-614-7828 to arrange to have sand and bags delivered. Then it’s up to the property owner to fill and place the bags.
With temperatures expected to dip back into the deep freeze, there remains a possibility of more ice forming.