State of emergency declared in Prince George
Homes ordered evacuated as flood threat increases
The City of Prince George declared a "state of local emergency" on Sunday afternoon, citing the imminent danger of flooding in the British Columbia city.
City officials also issued evacuation orders to residents of 14 homes, including 12 on the east side of Farrell Street near Paddlewheel Park.
City officials were requesting that all residents from the affected flood evacuation areas call the centre at (250) 561-7640 to check in.
Evacuees were being directed to the Prince George City Hall, which was serving as a reception and co-ordination centre until 10 p.m. PT Sunday. The reception centre will reopen at 8:30 a.m. PT Monday.
The city was asking residents and visitors to stay away from the river banks because of potential instability from hidden erosion. Officials also warned recreational river users to stay out of the water until the water levels drop.
The city had been issued a flood warning by the BC River Forecast Centre on Saturday night. The water level at Prince George was rising about five centimetres an hour at the time, and it was predicted it would exceed the July 2 peak of 9.21 metres early Sunday morning.