Local state of emergency continues along Baker Creek in Quesnel
Map of impacted area along Baker Creek (map provided by city)
Sylvain Gauthier, the city’s Emergency Services Coordinator, says the state of local emergency has been extended for a second time…
“The state of local emergency, yesterday we requested a second extension for seven days. That’s mainly due to the landslides along Baker Creek. Until we’ve have the landslide going we’re going to keep a state of local emergency.”
Gauthier says the one homeowner remains evacuated as well.
Looking ahead to the warm weather on the weekend, Gauthier says it is unlikely Baker Creek will come up, but he says we will likely start to see the Fraser River rise…
“From the weather forecast this weekend we’ll hit low 20’s and then we’re going back starting Tuesday to regular seasonal temperatures in the
high teens, so we are expecting the Fraser to rise this weekend, but not to the flood level yet. We’re not even close to the level where we have to start worrying. We have a lot of room to play with.”
Gauthier says the low snowpack is gone and now we’re working on the mid level snow.
Gauthier says the snowpack at higher elevations is still mostly untouched however…
“Once we start hitting the 27, 28 degrees, then it’s going to be the peak of the mountains, so right now we’re basically to what I like to call phase two.”
The Fraser typically peaks in late May or early June.