The Bulkley River has a small channel of running water for now. Location at Dohler Flats, Smithers. Dec.28, 2021. (Deb Meissner photo)

The Bulkley River has a small channel of running water for now. Location at Dohler Flats, Smithers. Dec.28, 2021. (Deb Meissner photo)

UPDATE: Evacuation alert for Bulkley River residents rescinded

Possible flooding due to ice jam

An evacuation alert for low-lying areas adjacent to the Bulkley River, particularly in the Ebenezer Flats/Dohler Flats areas has been rescinded.

The alert, which was issued earlier this week was in effect for the 2100 blocks of Riverside Drive and Main Street and the 2700 Block of Pacific Avenue.

The Town of Smithers is asking residents to stay up-to-date, however, as ice jams could continue to present the possibility of flooding.

“An evacuation Alert may need to be reissued should conditions change,” a notice from the Town stated. “Residents will be given as much notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.”

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Residents along the Bulkley River in the Smithers area remain on evacuation alert according to Duncan Malkinson, from the Town of Smithers, due to ice jams, especially in the Ebenezer Flats/Dohler Flats areas.

“Right now the ice jam is stable due to the extremely cold temperatures, but that could change at any time,” Malkinson said.

“Residents need to be checking the Regional District Bulkley Nechako (RDBN), and Town of Smithers websites for updates, and be prepared to evacuate quickly should any changes occur.”

Open water can be seen running in a small channel in the Dohler Flats area of Smithers, but for residents of Ebenezer Flats, the ice jam is completely across the river, and can be heard cracking and popping along the riverbanks.

In case of notification of an alert, residents should be prepared for evacuation by:

Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a safe meeting place outside the evacuation area should an evacuation be called while family members are separated.

Having essential items readily available for quick departure including medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (e.g. insurance), immediate care needs for dependants, and if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc.).

Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.

Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.

Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. If you need transportation, please call Emergency Management BC at 1-800-663-3456.

Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required.

Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres.

Further information will be issued should the situation change.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

Use extreme caution along the Bulkley River and other bodies of water;

Stay off riverbanks;

Follow guidance prescribed by the Town or Provincial authorities;

Refrain from travelling through areas impacted by flooding.

 

Ice jam on the Bulkley River at Ebenezer Flats. Dec.28, 2021 (Deb Meissner photo)

Ice jam on the Bulkley River at Ebenezer Flats. Dec.28, 2021 (Deb Meissner photo)

The Bulkley River has a small channel of running water for now. Location at Dohler Flats, Smithers. Dec.28, 2021. (Deb Meissner photo)

The Bulkley River has a small channel of running water for now. Location at Dohler Flats, Smithers. Dec.28, 2021. (Deb Meissner photo)