Ice jams forming on Bulkley River

The Regional District of Bulkley Nechako has issued a public notice saying that ice jams have formed on the Bulkley River.

  • Jan. 19, 2012 6:00 p.m.

The Regional District of Bulkley Nechako has issued a public notice saying that ice jams have formed on the Bulkley River in the area between Kidd Road and the birdge that crosses Highway 16.

The regional district notes that with ice jams it is difficult to predict where or if flooding will occur.

With that in mind, the RDBN advices people to refrain from recreational activities on or near the Bulkley River.

They have also released a list of ways to be prepared:

– Watch the river.  Ice jams can result in water levels changing very quickly.

– Be prepared with an emergency supply kit, including at least three-day’s supply of

food and water for each family member. Include a windup or battery-powered radio, flashlight and batteries, prescription medications and important papers.  Also, prepare a grab-and-go emergency supply kit to leave the area, if necessary.

– Ensure each member of your family has warm clothing and waterproof footwear readily available.

– Make arrangements for your pets and any livestock.

– Prepare to follow instructions of emergency officials

– Get information about electrical safety at www.bchydro.com/safety/ .

– Get more detailed information on how to prepare yourself and your home at: http://www.pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html .

– Items that may cause contamination such as pesticides, weed killers, fertilizers and other such items should be moved to higher levels.