41 Homes Lost to Flames in Cariboo
Prince George, B.C. – At this evening’s town hall meeting for the evacuees in Prince George, the Vice Chair of the Cariboo Regional District delivered some bad news.
John Massier says while property assessments are still being conducted, he could confirm that so far, 41 homes have been lost.
The CRD is contacting those property owners to advise them of the situation before they make any specifics are released to the public.
MP Todd Doherty arrived at the meeting having just returned from a visit to Williams Lake which he says is a ghost town “It was so spooky, there was no one on the roads” he said while there are numerous checkpoints, the bottom line is that the area is not yet safe “You can’t breathe, the smoke is that thick.” Doherty says evacuees should not expect to return to their homes anytime soon, but added there are plans being developed for the day when evacuees will be told they can go home “They are making plans to get you back safely”.
Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall advised the number of evacuees who have registered in Prince George has now topped 9 thousand “So we are still in the middle of this.”
Prince George Valemount MLA Shirley Bond told the evacuees “We are taking it one day at a time, and trusting those experts who will know when it’s safe to go home.”