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New evacuation order in B.C. as flooding affects central Interior

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Apr 24, 2020 at 4:51 pm PDT

People have been ordered out of 40 homes along the rising Chilako River and its tributaries near Prince George. (Courtesy Google Maps / CityNews)
Summary

People have been ordered out of 40 homes along the rising Chilako River and its tributaries

The B.C. River Forecast Centre says water levels are expected to continue to rise, possibly into the weekend

Evacuation order issued Thursday for 40 properties on part of Upper Mud River Road

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — People have been ordered out of 40 homes along the rising Chilako River and its tributaries near Prince George.

A flood warning has been issued for the river after it rose nearly 35 centimetres in a day.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre, which assesses water supply, flood risk and predicts flows in provincial waterways, upgraded the warning for the Chilako River early Friday.

The centre says the river and its tributaries southwest of Prince George are expected to continue to rise, possibly into the weekend.

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George issued evacuation orders late Thursday for 40 properties on part of Upper Mud River Road, 30 kilometres southwest of Prince George.

Evacuees are staying at two hotels in Prince George while the situation is assessed.

Evacuation orders and alerts covering more than 400 people remain in effect around the Village of Cache Creek.

Two properties near Quesnel were ordered evacuated by the Cariboo Regional District on Thursday, when water-saturated ground and flooding caused a landslide. No one was hurt.