The back-channel runs through Cottonwood Island Park and is critical for accommodating rising river levels in the Nechako near to its confluence with the Fraser.
Regular monitoring of the Nechako and Fraser Rivers continues to identify the presence of stationary ice on the Nechako for about 12km upstream from the confluence with the Fraser. There are, however, numerous open channels and water levels have been stable for the last few days.
The City is distributing an update to about 240 residents and businesses on River, PG Pulpmill, Preston, Pozer, and Ongman Roads today. Along with information related to recent observations and plans for continued monitoring, the letter provides information on how sandbags and sand can be requested. Residents and businesses can make arrangements for the delivery of bags and sand by calling 250-561-7534 or 250-614-7828. The Province also provides information on flood preparedness and emergency management:
The Heritage River Trail remains closed from Cameron Street Bridge to the replica bridge and parking is also closed at Kiwanis Park and the boat launch.
Firefighter Ryan Olson blasts a section of ice in the
Nechako River in an effort to connect two open channels leading into a
back-channel. The back-channel runs through Cottonwood Island Park, under the
replica bridge, and is critical for accommodating water during periods of high
water levels in the river.
Firefighters contribute to efforts to break up water
in the Nechako River. They are positioned in Kiwanis Park just west of the boat
Dec 21, 2016
Work is continuing this week to remove ice from the entrance to the back-channel that runs through Cottonwood Island Park. This back-channel accommodates water from the Nechako during periods when the water levels are high. The Heritage River Trail is closed from the replica bridge to the Cameron Street Bridge, as is parking at the boat launch and at Kiwanis Park.
Crews with the City of Prince George and Prince George Fire Rescue Services continue to monitor the river and the presence of ice. There is currently no change in water levels. Stationary ice continues to cover the Nechako for about 12km up from the confluence though patches of open water are visible at various locations.
Work is continuing to remove ice from the back-channel
that runs through Cottonwood Island Park
Dec 19, 2016
Crews with the City of Prince George, IDL Projects Ltd, and McElhanney Consulting Services will soon begin to remove ice from the entrance to a "back-channel" along the Nechako River that flows through Cottonwood Island Park. This back-channel is a critical for accommodating over-flow from the Nechako.
As a result, and adding to a section of the Heritage River Trail that was closed last week as a precaution, the trail is closed from the Cameron Street Bridge to near the replica bridge in the park. Parking is also closed at the boat launch, the Kiwanis Park, and the Spruce City Wildlife Association fish hatchery.
Opening the back-channel is being done as a precaution in the event of rising water levels in the Nechako. Currently, and consistent with observations recorded over the weekend, water levels have been dropping slightly over the last few days.
Water flow readings recorded at Isle Pierre indicate that water in the river is continuing to move at just under 200 cubic metres per second. Further upriver, at Vanderhoof and at the Stuart River, flows are decreasing slowly.
Although there are several areas of open water, stationary ice on the Nechako can be seen about 12km upriver from the confluence with the Fraser River.
The City of Prince George and Prince George Fire-Rescue Services continue to monitor the river at multiple points and at regular intervals.
Residents are advised to monitor local media, the City's social media channels, and the city website for updates and information.
This aerial photo taken on Dec 16 shows the location
of the entrance of the back-channel that flows under the replica bridge and through
Cottonwood Island Park.
Ice will be removed from this area of the back-channel
As a result of the work, and the ongoing uncertainty
regarding the river, the Heritage River Trail is closed from Cameron Street
Bridge to near the replica bridge.
Dec 16, 2016
Crews with the City of Prince George and Prince George Fire Rescue Service continue to monitor ice conditions and water levels in the Nechako and Fraser Rivers. Monitoring will continue at regular intervals through the weekend. Officials with the Government of BC are also monitoring the situation.
During a helicopter flight at noon on December 16, stationary ice on the Nechako River was seen to start just past the Foothills Bridge, about 10km upstream from the confluence with the Fraser. On the Fraser, stationary ice is evident down to Fort George Canyon. The total length of this ice is roughly 35 kilometres. Despite the extent of ice, patches of open water are visible, and water levels appear to be dropping.
The water flow in the Nechako River is approximately 200 cubic metres per second, which is about twice the normal volume for this time of year. Officials with the Government of BC are indicating that the elevated water levels are primarily as a result of heavy fall rains in the Stuart – Takla watershed northwest of Prince George. They also report that discharge from the Nechako Reservoir is as low as it can be during the winter.
City crews have been monitoring a groundwater piping system under River Road that provides evidence of water levels below the surface. Currently, no groundwater has been evident in the pipe.
Cottonwood Island Park remains open at this time, but residents are advised to use caution in the park and to be aware of the presence of river ice. A section of the Heritage River Trail from the Cameron Street Bridge to Kiwanis Park near the boat launch remains closed to the public.
Late yesterday, the City of Prince George activated a level-one emergency operations centre (EOC) and notified Emergency Management BC.
The EOC remains at level-one. A level-two activation will be called when and if EOC staff decide the risk level has reached a point that continuous resources must be deployed, including the 24 hour staffing of the EOC.
Residents are advised to monitor local news outlets for updates and to follow the City of Prince George on facebook.com/cityofpg, on Twitter @cityofpg, and on Instagram @cityofpg.
This photograph is looking West from above the Nechako to the Cameron Street Bridge. The Cutbanks are on the right.
This photograph is taken from over the Cutbanks and indicates the presence of ice on the Nechako leading to the confluence with the Fraser at the top of the photograph.
This photograph is looking South from the confluence where the Fraser and Nechako Rivers meet.