CHETWYND, B.C. – The District of Chetwynd is continuing to tally the damage caused by floodwaters caused by heavy rains in the past several days.
Mayor Merlin Nichols declared a local State of Emergency yesterday after several roads connecting the town with were washed out. Highways 97 and 29 west and south of the town of roughly 2,700 are closed after they were washed out in places yesterday. Nichols says that in addition to the highways, several roads, including the main road that connects residents to the town’s medical clinic, are either washed out or completely flooded. The medical clinic is closed until further notice. In addition, the CN Rail line that runs through the town has also been cut after the berm upon which it rests was washed away.
Nichols says that though damage within the District itself is not apparently as great as that which occurred during floods in 2011, he says that the situation is worse west of the town along the Pine River valley.
The District of Chetwynd does not currently have Emergency Social Services set up for area, however officials are currently in the process of setting those up.