Growth of the Nechako River ice jam has slowed considerably from its pace of the weekend, and over the past two days it has increased its length by less than a kilometre as temperatures have warmed considerably over the past three days.
During the past weekend’s bitter cold, the jam grew from 11 to 27 kilometres in length. On Wednesday and Thursday, as temperatures rose, the jam grew less than 500 metres each day.
The ice head is now just past Miworth which is just west of Prince George. Temperatures are predicted to grow warmer over the next five days.
River levels continued to drop from Morning Place to Cottonwood Island Park. Open water remains along a 7.5-kilometre stretch of the lower Nechako and warm water continues to be pumped into the channel at the Canfor pump station, about two kilometres northwest of the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako rivers.
City staff members continue to monitor river levels and maintain a 24-hour watch on the river. Ice conditions on the river remain unstable and subject to sudden shifts or surges, and the public is urged to stay away from the Nechako River for safety reasons.
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.