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The Peace River Regional District announced this afternoon that Deputy Inspector of Dikes Lyle Larsen with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has flown over the Beatton River site to survey the damage.

Larsen reported back to the PRRD, telling them that the Beatton River is 80% blocked by debris. But, the river is still flowing, and according to Larsen and the PRRD, the debris in the river will continue to be eroded over time by the flow of water.

This debris, bank erosion and stream flow are keeping the Beatton River dangerous, so the PRRD is asking people to continue staying away from the Beatton River, and away from the banks south of where it connects with the Doig River.

The banks appear to still be unstable and may slide again, making them unsafe.

The PRRD says they will continue to monitor the situation and will be notifying the public when it is safe to be in the area again.

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