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Outdated 2016 _ Update on Dawson Creek flooding…

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The City of Dawson Creek aerial shot of flooding in the area. PHOTO CITY OF DAWSON CREEK

This information is outdated and is from 2016. It details the information on flooding in June 2016.

Message from the City of Dawson Creek: Earlier today, staff members were out checking on the flooding situation and the photo’s below are what they saw.
PLEASE DO NOT CROSS ANY RIVER CROSSINGS – Please stay away from the area’s affected – Some of the water has receded at this time but the area remains unsafe. Please stay home if you can.
AIRPORT is OPEN – Central Mountain Air is waiving the change and cancellation fees for anyone who needs to change their flight due to the flooding and is travelling in or out of the Dawson Creek Airport. To change or cancel your flight, please call their Reservations Centre at 1-888-865-8585.
Dawson Creek Hospital is OPEN but for Emergency use only
Dawson Creek Mall is CLOSED.
Art Gallery is CLOSED.
Alaska Highway House is OPEN til 5pm – Visitor Centre is OPEN til 6:30pm.
LIBRARY is OPEN but could close.
Lakota Agriplex – Open to anyone who may need to board a horse.
Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre / Encana Events Centre are both CLOSED and will be closed Friday, June 17 – the Aquatic Centre will resume normal house on Saturday, June 18.
City Programming – Mini Sports is not cancelled, and will be held at O’Brien tonight. Yoga in the park is cancelled. With the schools closed, there will be no after school care at either Canalta or Tremblay.
Soccer Fields / Ball Diamonds are CLOSED
Drinking water is safe – please limit your use – Do not do laundry, limit your shower / water uses for the time being. The sewer system is still being impacted by the rainwater and flooding.
Waste Management – Collecting trash in areas that are open to them.
Road Closures:
Snake Pit Road
Bridge / Creek Crossings are closed on the following roads
8th Street / 9th Street
10th Street
15th Street
17th Street
108th Ave
Single Lane Alternating Traffic on the Dangerous Goods Route between 97n and 97S by Dawson Creek Golf Course) – We ask that you do not use this route unless you have to.
Check drivebc.ca for current highway conditions in the region.
Emergency crews are set up on both sides of the city if a need arises.
Ministry staff are working closely with local governments and emergency personnel to monitor the conditions of provincial roads.

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City of Dawson Creek under water. PHOTO CITY OF DAWSON CREEK

Damage to the roads is being assessed on an ongoing basis. At this point, there are sections of Highway 97 between McKenzie and Chetwynd and at Rolla Road between Highway 49 and Highway 2 near Dawson Creek that have been washed out. The road is also flooded in sections throughout the region. Crews continue to assess the damage.
Roads will be open to traffic as soon as highway maintenance and engineering personal can repair and confirm that they’re safe for the travelling public. They will work as quickly as possible to repair the damage from the floods when we’re able to do so.
Need assistance – Call the city at 311 or if emergency call 911
Live in the regional area – call the Peace River Regional District “Official Page” at 250-784-3200 or if emergency call 911
School Closures:
All Schools in Dawson Creek and Rural Area including Devereaux Elementary, Parkland Elementary, McLeod Elementary, Rolla Elementary, and Pouce Coupe Elementary are CLOSED today and tomorrow, Friday, June 17. Schools do have personnel in them however please keep your children at home.
Northern Lights College is closed today as well.
TRANSIT – BC Transit is operating the North side of town so folks can get to the downtown etc if necessary. We will have the other buses available in the event we require emergency transportation. No transit service on the South side of town.
BC Hydro wants to remind the public it is never safe to assume any electrical equipment is de-energized. A downed power line is dangerous and should be treated as an emergency. Stay back at least 10 metres – the length of a standard bus – and dial 911 immediately.
We will continue to update as the day continues. Right now staff are out in the community and we will provide further updates when we can.

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