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City now using second facility for evacuees

City staff set up cots in the gymnasium at Prince George Senior Secondary to ensure it is ready for use as a centre for evacuees should the need arise. City of Prince George photo
City staff set up cots in the gymnasium at Prince George Senior Secondary to ensure it is ready for use as a centre for evacuees should the need arise. City of Prince George photo

As the number of evacuees fleeing wildfires in the Cariboo increases, the City of Prince George is now using a second facility to provide accommodation for evacuees. As of late Monday, the nearly 200 beds at the College of New Caledonia were full and evacuees were utilizing the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre at the University of Northern British Columbia. In all, 215 evacuees are utilizing beds at CNC and UNBC.

This is less than 10 per cent of the total number of evacuees who have registered at the Emergency Reception Centre located at CNC. As of last night, 2,700 evacuees have registered in Prince George, including more than 600 children. About half of those registered have made alternate arrangements for accommodation. Others are staying in RVs/trailers or in commercial lodging.

Along with the increase in the number of evacuees arriving in Prince George, the diversity of services available at the CNC emergency reception centre continues to increase. Professional services are being delivered by Northern Health, the Canadian Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and RCMP Victim Services.

New web page: princegeorge.ca/CaribooEvacuation

The City has launched a web page to serve as a repository of information for evacuees and consolidate all of the updates that have been issued from the City to date. This web page will be updated regularly with information about the services available at the Emergency Reception Centre and other facilities in Prince George.

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