Water levels rose slightly overnight in the lower reaches of the Nechako River as monitoring of the ice jam and flood situation continued Sunday.
Levels rose between six and nine inches at three monitoring stations between the Cameron Street Bridge and the Cottonwood Island boat launch overnight. However, those changes are consistent with the rising and falling water levels seen during the past two weeks and not considered cause for concern.
The head of the ice remains about 31 kilometres upstream from the confluence of the Nechako and Fraser rivers. While small compressions were observed in the upper stretches of the jam, it is not felt that the Nechako is jamming in those areas and that the ice is simply regular winter freeze-over.
The city continues to pump 15-degree Celsius water into the river in an effort to keep the lower channel of the Nechako clear of ice.
A small open channel was observed Friday on the east side of the Fraser at the confluence, but between that small channel and the Nechako, the Fraser is frozen over and ice continues to exist at the mouth of the Nechako. The Fraser remains frozen over to Fort George Canyon, a distance of about 30 kilometers south of Prince George.
Ice in the Nechako is considered unsafe. The jam is formed of frazil ice, which is soft, slushy and inherently unpredictable, and the river remains subject to sudden and unexpected shifts and surges in water levels. Please stay away from the Nechako River.
Sandbags are available to residents impacted by the flood by calling 561-7600.
The City and the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Team will host the third Community Information Forum on Tuesday, February 5 at the Civic Centre, beginning at 7 pm. The meeting will consist of brief presentations on what’s new’ with the ice jam and flood, followed by a question-answer session.