City Creates More Space for Evacuees
City of Prince George workers prepare 180 more beds in the gymnasium at Prince George Secondary School – video 250News
Prince George, B.C. – The City of Prince George has made another 180 beds available for evacuees affected by wildfires in the Cariboo.
The beds were set up in the gymnasium at Prince George Secondary School earlier this afternoon.
It brings the total number of beds to 470 in Prince George. That includes beds at the College of New Caledonia and at the Northern Sport Centre at UNBC.
(But it’s not counting the people billeted at private residences in town.) To claim a spot evacuees must first register at the City’s Emergency Reception Centre at CNC (3330 22 Ave.).
Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall told 250News this afternoon he’s been pleased with how the operation has gone so far.
“Yes, I’m pleased. Fortunately, our intake early on of evacuees was not large, so it gave us an opportunity to get rolling and get things really established and get a good flow to the process.”
He added the City is ready to welcome more evacuees should the situation warrant it.
“When we originally started this there was talk of us looking at 6 or 7,000 people ending up here in Prince George. So, we’ve got other locations that we can move to. We can look at going to other schools, the Civic Centre. We’re got a lot of choices to tackle this.”
Another option (though not affiliated with the City of Prince George’s operations) is the Royal Canadian Legion where they’ve created space for 20 beds at its downtown location (1116 Sixth Avenue).
“We want to help anybody who needs us. We have cots upstairs. We’re trying to set it up so families have some privacy,” says John Scott, vice-president of the Legion’s BC-Yukon command.
“It’ll be open 24 hours and we’ll be offering free food. Folks can even watch TV or shoot some pool.”
He says they could also use some more pillows, blankets and volunteers. Anyone wanting to help can call the Legion at 250-562-1292.