PUBLIC NOTIFICATION IS HEREBY ISSUED BY THE REGIONAL DISTRICT OF BULKLEY-NECHAKO REGARDING A POTENTIAL FLOODING ON THE NECHAKO RIVER, NAUTLEY RIVER, FRASER LAKE AND FRANCOIS LAKE
Due to increased discharge at the Skins Spillway and potential rainfall through Thursday and Friday, there is a flood risk along the Nechako River, Nautley River, Francois Lake and Fraser Lake, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is advising residents of the potential for flooding in low lying areas adjacent to the Nechako River, Nautley River, Francois Lake and Fraser Lake. Please check the BC River Forecast Centre website (http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca) for up to date information.
If water levels begin to threaten your primary residence please contact the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako for sand and sandbags at 250-692-3195 or 1-800-320-3339.
Situation updates, when received, will be aired on your local radio station and posted on the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako website www.rdbn.bc.ca.
FLOOD PROOFING CONSIDERATIONS FOR RESIDENTS:
- Prepare a list of your personal property;
- Prepare an emergency kit for each family member, with enough supplies for up to one week;
- Put a grab and go bag together
- Move livestock, hay, and equipment to higher ground;
- Move personal property to higher ground;
- Plug or cap off all basement plumbing;
- If eaves troughs are connected to the house sewer system, disconnect them and re-channel the flow to a point more than 1.5 meters from the building’s foundation;
- Label and move Hazardous Materials, such as weed killer, etc. to a dry area;
- Move buoyant materials from the basement to lessen the potential for damage;
- Know that your drinking water may become contaminated, follow instructions of the health authorities;
- Disconnect electrical appliances;
- securely anchor propane tanks, and;
- Move all vehicles to higher ground.
For further flood proofing information go to http://www.embc.gov.bc.ca/em/floods/index.html
Contact the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako 250-692-3195 or 1-800-320-3339 or www.rdbn.bc.ca.
Bill Miller, Chair