DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek has released an update on the flood situation.
The biggest news is 8th street is open to single lane alternating traffic. See the full update below as of 7p.m. Thursday.
6:57PM Update: Both the City of Dawson Creek and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure have had a look around the community and we have the following updates on the roads.
8th Street – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has opened 8th Street for single lane alternating traffic with traffic control.
17th Street – This crossing will remain closed until further notice and is currently blocked off.
10th Street – The bridge will need an assessment prior to being opened to traffic and will remain closed until further notice.
15th Street – This crossing will remain closed until further notice and is currently blocked off.
4th Street at 108 Ave – This crossing will remain closed until further notice and is currently blocked off.
We ask the public to stay off the Walking Bridge at Kin Park until we can have it properly assessed and ensure the safety of it. We will inform you when that is completed.
Water is continuing to recede at a rapid rate. The weather forecast is calling for a few showers over the next couple of days, however nothing significant for accumulation is projected and sunshine is in the forecast. City crews will to continue to monitor and clean up from flooding as the recession of water allows.
The City’s sewer lift station is operating with all three pumps and we are no longer diverting access effluent to our overflow ponds. This means that we are gaining ground on a sanitary system that was most recently operating over full capacity. The water system was not damaged or contaminated so the water supply is clean and drinkable.
The City will continue to do it’s best to minimize infrastructure damage, remediate damaged infrastructure in a timely fashion and return traffic patterns back to normal as quick as is possible.
Please be advised the crossing any of the above mentioned areas on foot or otherwise is not recommended until we have the opportunity to assess these locations and deem them safe. Please stay away from any area’s that were impacted as there may still be damages occurring from the impact of the floods.
Your patience and cooperation is appreciated.
Check drivebc.ca for current highway conditions in the region.
BC Hydro has restored power to the area – if an outage occurs, you can check out the details at bchydro.com/outages
Telus have suffered some damages as well to their infrastructure so they will begin to repair that as soon as they can get access when the flood waters have receded.
The CN Rail line has been affected thru the Pine pass so that service will be impacted to the city for the foreseeable future.
Schools in Dawson Creek and area will remain closed tomorrow as well as the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre and the Encana Events Centre. The Aquatic Centre will resume normal hours on Saturday.
We will provide updates tomorrow via Facebook on BC Transit, Waste Management and any other city services that may still be impacted by the flood.
Mayor Bumstead has ordered a special council meeting to occur on Monday to ensure we begin to understand the issues and provide administration with support and direction to begin the process of fixing the property damage. Once the time has been decided, we will post the information.
If you need assistance – Call the city at 311 or if emergency call 911
Live in the regional area – call the Peace River Regional District “Official Page” at 250-784-3200 or if emergency call 911