Evacuees on the Move Again
One of the last tents at CNC grounds- photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – It’s moving day at CNC, as those staying at the college are being moved to the Northern Sport Centre.
All of the evacuees in lodging – including tents – are being moved today to UNBC where they will join other evacuees already staying at Northern Sport Centre.
In total about 65 people, plus about 30 tents, are moving to the NSC. The Emergency Reception Centre will remain at CNC, providing evacuee registration, the renewal of referrals, and government services.
The move was anticipated as CNC prepares to welcome students back to the College.
With the recent lifting of the evacuation order for the south Cariboo, the number of people staying in group lodging has dropped. At the peak of operations, 700 people had registered for group lodging. Once the move is complete, the total number of those in group lodging will be about 180.
Those requiring transportation are being provided access to shuttle buses.
The City is also providing evacuees with transportation materials such as boxes and crates for their belongings and detailed instructions about the move.
The consolidation of the evacuees began early this morning and is anticipated to be completed today.
During this emergency, 10 thousand people have registered at the Emergency Reception Centre. Not all opted for group lodging with many opting to stay with friends, stay in a hotel or pitch their tent or park their RV at local campgrounds.
The West Lake Campground and RV Park is one of the places which stepped up to assist, providing free space for evacuees. That location has become home to about 60 people.
The West Lake’s Campground’s Wendy South says the support from Prince George residents has been overwhelming. Three trailers and two motor homes were donated for use, the owners dropping by to replenish supplies of propane, diesel and water. On the weekend, a local band showed up to perform for the evacuees, and South says local residents drop by daily with food and other donations.
There will be another town hall meeting this evening for evacuees. It is set to get underway at 5pm at the Canfor Theatre at UNBC.