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Regional district urges caution around Prince George-area rivers

High streamflow advisories remain in effect on the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, and their tributaries.
High water levels are seen near the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers on May 4.

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George is urging residents to use caution around rivers and streams in the area.

High streamflow advisories are in effect on the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, and their tributaries, in the region.

“Water levels in the rivers and streams throughout the region are on the rise. Rivers and streams are naturally unpredictable, but a sudden rise in water levels can create added risks,” a statement released by the region district on Thursday said. “Rising waters can lead to unstable banks, an increase in debris in the water and fast flowing undercurrents. The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George encourages people to exercise caution when nearing rivers and streams.”

People living near rivers and streams are advised to take the following precautions:

• 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.

More information about flood safety is available on the regional district’s website.The latest information about river conditions is available on the BC River Forecast Centre's website.