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All eyes on Nechako River as ice builds up

The Nechako River this afternoon near the boat launch at Cottonwood Island Park. Photo courtesy of the City of Prince George.

City and Prince George Fire Rescue Service crews are monitoring the lower two kilometres of the Nechako River due to a recent ice build-up.

At the boat launch in Cottonwood Island Park, about two kilometres upstream from the confluence, the ice is stationary and extends across the Nechako River. As a result, water is flowing through a side channel in Cottonwood Island Park that the runs parallel to the Nechako from the boat launch, under the Replica Bridge, to the canoe launch area which is adjacent to the confluence.

At this point, there are no flooded areas on the Nechako River.

The public is asked to be aware of possible sudden rises in water levels and to take caution when using riverside trails. Footprints have been observed on the ice and the public is advised that walking onto the river ice is an extreme hazard.

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