The City of Prince George and Prince George Fire Rescue Service continue to monitor the ice on the Nechako River and its confluence with the Fraser.
In the past 24 hours, there has been little observable change both in the water level and rate of flow. Open channels of water can be seen in areas along the Nechako leading up to the confluence.
Cottonwood Island Park and the Heritage River Trail remain closed to the public. Late yesterday afternoon, park visitors were seen playing near the river’s edge and on the ice near the CNR Bridge. The City reminds residents that this is a very hazardous activity and puts both their lives and, potentially, the lives of emergency personnel at risk. Signage and barricades have been erected at the entrance to the boat and canoe launch parking lots, the Replica Bridge, and along the Heritage River Trail. Additional signage is being installed by City crews today at these locations.
In the interest of public safety, the City of Prince George will be hiring a security firm to patrol the park entrances from 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve (December 31) until 12:00pm on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2017). It is hoped that the presence of security personnel will help to discourage New Year’s revelers from moving the signs and barricades and parking in the lots near the river and ice.