Dawson Creek Not Declaring State of Emergency

Flooding in Dawson Creek - photo courtesy of Craig Hartel.

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Mayor Dale Bumstead says that the City of Dawson Creek will not be declaring a local State of Emergency in the wake of severe flooding in that city.

Bumstead says that he met with Fire Chief Gordon Smith, along with members of the city’s emergency planning department, and members from the Ministry of Transportation in an emergency planning session at Dawson Creek city hall. He says that the city is in the process of setting up an emergency operations centre, in addition to the evacuation centre which has been opened at the Dawson Creek Fire Hall.

The city now says that 60 households have been evacuated in Dawson Creek after the creek of the same name burst its banks last night, flooding or washing out all roads within city limits that cross the creek. Bumstead said that the exact number of evacuees is not known at this time.

A rainfall warning for the Dawson Creek area has been ended by Environment Canada.

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