Nechako River Update – Safety Concerns Remain
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.