Serious Flooding Follows Water Service Break on Hart
Prince George, B.C. – Residential and commercial properties along the Hart Highway, just south of Kenworth Road East, are dealing with substantial flooding today following a water service break earlier this morning.
The City was first notified of the heavy water onslaught around 6:30 am and just before 10 am a spokesperson said crews were still trying to determine if they had a watermain break or a problem with a fire hydrant. What is certain is that a huge amount of water that originated on the east side of the highway at Kenworth Road was continuing to travel south, causing flooding to houses, shops and motel properties on that side of the highway.
Brook and Candace Tomniuk (right) live just south of the old Spotless Uniform building in the 3400 block Hart Highway. Brook says “I think it was quarter after 7, wife woke me up and says there’s banging on the door, somebody’s here and you could hear whistling and they kept banging. I got up and went to the door and there’s a guy there he says your house is going to flood and you need to leave. Then he left.”
Brook says the man was a City worker. “He said there’s a main break in the line at Kenworth Road.”
Asked whether water actually got into his house he says “probably into the crawl space but not into the actual physical part of the house where we live. It was up to the sides of the house and to the door.” Regarding his shop which sits closer to the highway than the house Brook says “there was a lot of water in there, it’s drained out now but there will be some damage to it for sure.”
He believes the vehicles on his property were not adversely affected but estimates the water was a foot-and-a-half to two feet deep at one point.
A house (pictured below) next door to the south of the Tomniuks’ home was the subject of a lot of concern. Candace says “this lady woke up to being wet. She fell out of her bed and she’s disabled and couldn’t get up and the cops found her in the water. There’s over a foot of water in her house and there’s no where for it to go and it’s still running.”
A City worker discovered the elderly woman and, concerned for her well-being and the possibility that hypothermia might be an issue, had police on scene call for an ambulance. Two crews arrived and made preparations to evacuate the woman from her home. However, that plan suddenly changed. We asked one of the ambulance attendants whether the woman was still in need of assistance and were told “she has declined.”
Meantime, City crews are still dealing with the break and the subsequent flooding. Due to all of the resources responding to the problem traffic along the Hart in that area has been reduced to a single lane each way and, at times, there are short delays as flaggers handle the traffic flow.