Evacuee Numbers Up
Prince George, B.C. – The number of evacuees from the Cariboo wildfires continues to climb.
As of late yesterday, there were about 8,372 in Prince George.
Most ( 4,500) have found a place to stay in private homes, about 900 are staying in RVs, 750 are in hotels and motels, and about 700 are in group lodging at CNC and the Northern Sport Centre.
The City is working with Spotless Drycleaners and Laundromats to provide laundry services for evacuees who are staying in RVs or in group lodging at the College or Northern Sport Centre. The new system provides these evacuees with a voucher that can be redeemable for one free wash and one free dry cycle per person per week – a family of four, for example, would receive four vouchers per week. Laundry bags are also being provided.
So far, evacuees have been provided with just over $1 million worth of grocery vouchers through support from Emergency Management BC through the Emergency Reception Centre at CNC. The vouchers are the equivalent to $22.50 per person per day.