UPDATE: Residents affected by Wednesday’s storm in need of supplies

Update: The PRRD says anyone who requires food or cannot remain in their home due to wind damage or prolonged …

Update: The PRRD says anyone who requires food or cannot remain in their home due to wind damage or prolonged loss of power should call the PRRD at 250-784-3200 or 1-800-670-7773. There is also a ESS Reception Center at the Pomeroy Sports Center, 9324 96 Street in Fort St John from 1-4pm on Saturday.

Other supplies needed include food, water, tents, and coolers or any way to keep donated food cold. Station coordinators say they’re also trying to find a shower station.

Anyone looking to donate supplies can drop them off at 9519 97th Avenue or call Michelle Richard at 778-256-6480.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A group of residents have set up an emergency station near the Red Creek subdivision for residents affected by Wednesday’s storm.

Michelle Richard and Jodie Howard are currently collecting supplies to help out residents in need. Currently, the most important items needed are generators and a light plant.

Many residents have been without power in the North Peace for the past few days, which may continue throughout the weekend while BC Hydro works to restore power. There were also reports of a tornado event, impacting Prespatou, Blueberry First Nation and Red Creek.

“Now, it’s important to remember Red Creek was hit the hardest, but there are other families there who need help too. So, we’re trying to disperse it wherever we can,” says Richard.

The Howard family set up the station on the corner of Highway 97 and Red Creek Road. The family is delivering supplies using quads due to the road being blocked in sections.

Other supplies needed include food, water, tents, and coolers or any way to keep donated food cold. Richard said they’re also trying to find a shower station.

There is currently a regional fire truck at the location, and the Fort St. John Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service truck with supplies. The Fort St. John water station will also be making deliveries daily.

Anyone looking to donate supplies can drop them off at 9519 97th Avenue or call Michelle Richard at 778-256-6480.

Richard is also asking for help setting up a GoFundMe for the families in the area.

The North Peace experienced several outages due to Wednesday night’s storm with around 6,000 customers affected.

BC Hydro crews are working to restore power after the outages were caused due to down wires and fallen trees took out power lines. Bob Gammer with BC Hydro told Energeticcity restoration progress has been slower than normal due to Canada Day and heat wave concerns.

As of Friday afternoon, around 2700 customers are still affected by the outages in the Peace Region. The largest outage is affecting residents around Buick and Altona, with approximately 552 customers being affected. Other large outages were reported in Montney, Rose Prairie and the Doig River First Nation.

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