As a result of localized flooding in areas around the region, the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George has activated
its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to a level one.
River levels are on the rise again in areas throughout the region. The River Forecast Centre says river levels are
expected to be at flood stage downstream of Prince George through to the Fraser Canyon, starting on Tuesday or
Wednesday through to Thursday and Friday.
As a result, the Regional District has issued evacuation alerts to residents in Foreman Flats and residents along the
Fraser River bank in Shelley. There are 22 homes in Foreman Flats that are included in the evacuation alert area,
and 10 homes in the Shelley area that are included. Residents in those areas are advised to contact the Regional
District of Fraser-Fort George at 1-800-667-1959 in the event that their home is threatened by flooding.
Last week, the Fraser River peaked at 7.5 metres at Shelley and 6 homes in Foreman Flats were placed on alert.
This week, officials are expecting the river in Shelley will peak above that level and above the estimated 7.6 metre
flood level that was experienced in 2009.
It’s important to understand the risks and be prepared for any emergency. People living near a river or stream can
take some precautions to reduce the risk associated with a flood.
- Prepare personal emergency supply kits for your home, car and work (plan for at least a three-day supply of
- food and water for each family member)
- Have a grab-and-go kit ready if you have to leave your home quickly
- Keep important papers in watertight containers and have a record of your valuables in a safe place
- If flooding is likely in your area, pay attention to the local media for information
- Watch for warning signs: increase in height and intensity of water flows, mudslides, debris in creeks, colour
- changes in water or leaning trees
- Know that banks of rivers and streams may be unstable and dangerous
- Teach your children about flood safety
- Consider arrangements for your pets and any livestock
The public is reminded to exercise extreme caution near rivers and streams. High water-flows can cause bank
erosion and instability, and currents in the river can be volatile and unpredictable. Please avoid all streams and water
bodies with rising levels. The general public is requested to refrain from visiting the affected areas.
For more information on emergency preparedness, including how to prepare a 72 hour emergency kit, visit the
Regional District of Fraser-Fort George website at www.rdffg.bc.ca or call 250-960-4400 or 1-800-667-1959