City monitoring high water closely

May 22, 2008
News Release

QUESNEL, B.C. – The City of Quesnel is actively monitoring the high water levels of the Fraser and Quesnel Rivers as well as Baker Creek.

As of 8:30 a.m. the Fraser River was at 471.5 m above sea level as measured at the City’s Edkins Street gauge. By 10:30 a.m. the City had received word that the Fraser River is expected to rise today and through tomorrow.

As a result, the City will issue evacuation alerts this afternoon to residents of low-lying areas in the Bartels Trailer Court. An evacuation alert is simply an advisory, a means of letting residents know they should begin preparing for a potential evacuation.

“This decision is not meant to alarm the community,” said Mayor Nate Bello. “We simply want to ensure that people are prepared to take action should it become necessary. I encourage all residents and businesses to prepare for any eventuality and become more educated about preparations they can take to protect themselves.”

Previous actions by the City include:

  • Closure of the entire Riverfront Trail on the east side of the Fraser River.
  • Closure of the Johnston Loop, with traffic access available through the Davie Street railway crossing.
  • Closure of the North Fraser Drive Loop on the west side, with traffic access available via the Elliott St. exit onto the Moffat Bridge.
  • Infrastructure protection work on various sections along Baker Creek.

City crews continue to closely monitor the water levels. The current high water is due to low-level snow melt and recent rains that we usually receive in early May.

For more information, residents are urged to visit and click on the Emergency Preparedness link, or contact City Hall at 992-2111.

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