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Latest On The Fraser River In Quesnel

The Fraser River in Quesnel has gone up only slightly in the past 24 hours.

Ron Richert is the Acting Emergency Services Coordinator…

“We’ve noticed maybe an inch and a half, 2 inches since yesterday afternoon at 2 p.m.,so it’s still sitting under the 470 mark so we’re safe at this point.”

The water level is still more than a metre and a half away from when the City would activate it’s Emergency Operations Centre and is two metres or more from the water threatening any properties.

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Richert says they expect only a modest increase in water levels in Quesnel over the long weekend.

“I talked to a rep from Pre-Op in Prince George this afternoon and they were saying possible down by the Alexandria area to possibly go up a little bit more than it would in Quesnel. In Quesnel, they’re expecting only a few inches over the next few days.”

As for next week, Richert says that will depend on the weather.

The Cariboo Regional District advises residents in low-lying areas along the Horsefly, Fraser, Quesnel and Cottonwood Rivers that they should prepare for potential flooding and protect private property:

  • Prepare personal emergency supply kits for your home, car and work (plan for at least a three-day supply of food and water for each family member)
  • Have a grab-and-go kit ready if you have to leave your home quickly
  • Keep important papers in watertight containers and have a record of your valuables in a safe place
  • If flooding is likely in your area, pay attention to the local media for information
  • Watch for warning signs: increase in height and intensity of water flows, mudslides, debris in creeks, colour changes in water or leaning trees
  • Know that banks of rivers and streams may be unstable and dangerous
  • Keep a safe distance away from fast flowing water, especially children
  • Teach your children about flood safety
  • Consider arrangements for your pets and any livestock

The CRD’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will remain activated at Level One through the long weekend in order to enable a quick response to any flooding and to support residents who may be impacted by flooding.

In the event of an emergency call the Provincial Emergency Reporting Line at 1-800-663-3456.

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