P.G. Remains at the Ready As Evacuation Centre
Prince George, B.C.- The City of Prince George is arranging for buses to transport those who want to go home to Williams Lake but who don’t have a means to get there.“We expect to have the buses ready within 24 to 48 hours” says Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall.
The Cariboo Regional District and City of Williams Lake rescinded the evacuation for many residents at noon hour today, but that City will remain under evacuation alert. Areas around Williams Lake remain under evacuation order ( click here for map outlining specifics)
Hall says he is pleased for those evacuees who have an opportunity to go home “They’ve been talking about it every time I have met with or seen evacuees, they are anxious to go home. That’s what they were looking for, they were looking for a date as to when they could go home.”
Mayor Hall says the departure of so many from Prince George will change the level of activity at the Emergency Reception Centre “It will certainly be much less than it was yesterday, we just need to figure out operationally where we are going and what that looks like.”
The concern is, there is still a number of large fires burning in the region, and the danger persists “They are still going to be on alert” says Mayor hall “I think we still have to maintain a certain level of service because we still have people here who are under medical evacuation from that area, and are being treated by Northern Health and we’ve got to keep a level of readiness if this happens, God forbid, in a few days they are told they are under (evacuation) order, we need to start up again.”
There are also a number of people who self evacuated because of the smoky conditions in Williams Lake, and they won’t likely return home until the air has cleared.
In the meantime, Mayor Hall says the effort to assist folks who want to go home is underway “The RCMP are involved along highway 97 to make sure that the road is clear, we also want to make sure there is an orderly departure from Prince George, and then they have to go through Quesnel, so the RCMP are notified along the whole stretch of highway to make sure people are travelling safe and it’s an orderly departure.”
During the peak of the evacuations, Prince George welcomed 10 thousand evacuees.