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Rising water levels prompt park closures, notification to Farrell Street residents

City of Prince George Manager of Emergency Programs, Clay Sheen, delivers a notice to a Farrell Street residence. City of Prince George photo

Rising water levels in the Fraser River have prompted city staff to reach out to residents of Farrell Street to advise them of the possibility of flooding.

According to the BC River Forecast Centre, river levels on the Fraser River are at about 9.0 metres with the river forecast to rise to about 9.5 metres in the next two days. Home basements on Farrell St can begin to experience flooding when the rivers reach approximately 10 metres. This afternoon, city staff delivered letters to Farrell Street residents advising them to be prepared to evacuate should evacuation be required. No evacuation alerts or orders have been declared for Prince George.

Sand and sandbags are available to residents of Farrell Street and are positioned at the North end of Farrell Street.

All residents of Farrell Street are strongly advised to have an emergency kit readily available to enable them to quickly leave their properties in the event of an evacuation order. Please visit the Province’s PreparedBC website for information about how to prepare one of these kits. For up-to-date information about river forecasts, please visit the BC River Forecast Centre website.

Rising river levels prompt closure of Heritage River Trail, riverside parks

Effective immediately, the City of Prince George is closing Cottonwood Island Park and the Heritage River Trail from the Cameron Street Bridge to Taylor Drive due to rising river levels. Barricades have been installed at parking lot entrances to notify visitors of the closure and warning signs have been installed at various locations in the Park. Paddlewheel Park and Hazelton Park are also now closed with signage installed. Nechako Riverside Park and McMillan Creek Fishing Park remain open. Staff are continuing to monitor the river levels.

The city encourages residents to use caution whenever walking near the rivers, particularly during periods of increased water levels.

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