Dawson Creek releases flood update

A photo of Dawson Creek during the flood of June 2016. Photo by City of Dawson Creek

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The following is an update from the City of Dawson Creek.  The City has now opened 17th street and Willowbrook to traffic, but expect delays today as crews are already paving this section.  The Disaster Financial Assistance program will be hosting a public meeting Monday, June 20 at 7:00PM at the Encana Events Centre – Upper Lobby – all public is welcome to attend this information session regarding the DFA program.

See the full update below.

Roads

17th Street and Willowbrook – Both lanes are now open – expect delays Saturday as the crew will be out paving this section.

8th Street – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has opened 8th Street to two lanes.

10th Street – 10th Street is open.

15th Street – This crossing will remain closed until further notice and is currently blocked off.

108 Ave – 108th Avenue is open to single lane traffic – no flaggers so please proceed with caution.

Garbage Clean-up

Thank you to AltaGas for their $10,000 donation to help with the efforts of the repairs. We are going to work and attempting to get some large waste bins strategically located in and around the south side of town for citizens to dispose of flood damaged belongings and or sewer damaged belongings.

Locations: 10117-17th Street (vacant gas station NW corner of 17th street and 102ndave)
Kitchen Park (SE corner of 18th Street and 108th ave)
Chamberlain Park (between 15th Street and 16th Street north side of Chamberlain Drive)

This is not intended for regular domestic garbage so please do not take advantage of our neighbours who need this to help them clean up their flood damaged homes. These bins will be out either tonight or Saturday and then the material will be collected on Monday. They will be continued to be monitored after Monday if they are still in use.

Disaster Financial Assistance

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is now available to eligible British Columbians in the Peace River Regional District area, including Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Fort St John, Hudson’s Hope, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, Tumbler Ridge and the First Nations communities of Saulteau and West Moberly who may have been impacted from the major flooding that occurred this past week.

DFA is available to home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.

Applications for DFA must be submitted to Emergency Management BC (EMBC) by Sept 15, 2016.

British Columbians can access the DFA application form at:http://ow.ly/CKSs301ncgO

Forms will also be available at the Dawson Creek Fire Department – if you have any questions, you can call the Dawson Creek Fire Department at 250-782-9898.

The Disaster Financial Assistance program will be hosting a public meeting Monday, June 20 at 7:00PM at the Encana Events Centre – Upper Lobby – all public is welcome to attend this information session regarding the DFA program.

On June 15, Dawson Creek set an all-time high for rain in one day: 89.8 millimetres. This beats any previous record set from when the records were set in the 1920’s.

Garbage Collection

Waste Management will be doing the downtown route on Saturday instead of today. Thursday’s collection from 100B Aveneut to 98 Avenue will also occur on Saturday. Thursday and Friday’s collection for properties south of Alaska Avenue will be done today and may carry onto Saturday.

LANDFILL / Transfer Station Hours: Wednesday to Sunday (9:00am to 5:00pm).

Both Brookside and City Cemeteries are unaffected by the flooding and are good.

B.C. Transit

BC Transit will be operating Route 1 (North) on time and normal schedule while Route 2 is currently running subject to change. Please expect minor delays in the service. BC Transit will be back to normal schedule on all routes on Saturday. There may still be some delays on Saturday so be prepared for some timing to be off.

Schools

All Schools in Dawson Creek, surrounding rural area and Moberly Lake will re-open on Monday, June 20, 2016. Regular school sessions will resume as usual. However, at this time we are still uncertain if school buses in Dawson Creek and Chetwynd areas will be operating or if there will be any route cancellations or deviations. A notice on bus services will be posted on the bus notifications tab on the school district website Monday morning. Please check the website for updates.

Provincial exams will run as scheduled; it is recommended that any bus students writing exams have an alternate plan to get to the school if bus routes are cancelled next week.

Dawson Trail
· Closed between the Mall and 4th street

Special Council Meeting

Mayor Bumstead has ordered a special council meeting to occur on Monday at 1:00PM to ensure we begin to understand the issues and provide administration with support and direction to begin the process of fixing the property damage.

Further information updates will occur Monday or as needed if there is a need. Please continue to be safe and if you need assistance, call the city at 311 or if emergency call 911.

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