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Nechako River Update – Safety Concerns Remain

Thursday, December 29, 2016 @ 3:12 PM

Prince George, B.C.- There has been little  change in the  water level and rate of flow of the Nechako River in the past 24 hours. However,   the City is once again issuing a safety reminder for people to stay off the ice.

Late yesterday afternoon, park visitors were seen playing near the river’s edge and on the ice near the CNR Bridge. The City reminds residents that this is a very hazardous activity and puts both their lives and, potentially, the lives of emergency personnel at risk. Signage and barricades have been erected at the entrance to the boat and canoe launch parking lots, the Replica Bridge, and along the Heritage River Trail. Additional signage  has  been  installed by City crews at these locations.

In the interest of public safety, the City of Prince George will be hiring a security firm to patrol the park entrances from 6:00pm on New Year’s Eve  until 12:00pm on New Year’s Day . It is hoped that the presence of security personnel will help to discourage New Year’s revelers from moving the signs and barricades and parking in the lots near the river and ice.

Cottonwood Island Park and the Heritage River Trail remain closed to the public.

The City of Prince George and Prince George Fire Rescue Service continue to monitor the ice on the Nechako River and its confluence with the Fraser.






You must understand that some of these folks may have left their Banjos on the ice during their last visit and they are simply just returning to the ice to retrieve their Banjos.

as usually the city talks a lot and does little.

What has society come to when a security firm has to be hired to protect people from themselves? If the “revelers” can’t read the signs perhaps they could find somebody to read the signs to them.

You can’t fix stupid

There are fools everywhere!
The city should close Third Ave, people walk in front of my car all the time.
So the path along the river that my dogs and I love to walk is now not available to me.
Please give us the park back!

The security service is being laid on to protect the City from lawsuits, in the event someone is injured or dies as a result of ‘playing’ on or near the ice. Unthinking people being warned off or away from the ice to prevent such an incident is a side benefit.
My opinion.

Re people taking unnecessary risks – you can’t fix stupid. I just resent the fact our tax dollars have to be used for security costs in situations like this. What next?

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