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Latest Update : Jul 21, 2020, 02:45:00 PM

Mountain View Road Debris Flood

Original Post : Jul 4, 2020, 02:00:00 AM

The Regional District is updating the July 4, 2020 evacuation order originally issued for nine properties in the Mountain View Road area near McBride BC following the Willox Creek debris flood.

The Regional District has continued to monitor the situation and a further assessment has determined that the imminent risk has diminished in parts of the evacuation order area. Full details and a map are available in the attached evacuation order.

Update for Mountain View Area Residents, McBride BC

The debris flood incident on Mountain View Road at Willox Creek near McBride BC continues to be monitored and assessed by the Regional District in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Emergency Management BC and other Ministries.

There is no significant change in the status or conditions around Willox Creek to report at this time.

The Regional District has engaged engineers as part of our ongoing monitoring and assessment of the Willox Creek debris flood. They will be in the area over the next few days conducting a hydro geomorphic assessment to provide us with information on the current situation and to help us with long term decision making. 

This work is very important and time sensitive. We ask for your continued cooperation and remind you that it is still an evacuation order area and you are not permitted in the area. If you see the engineers, please refrain from asking them any questions and allow them to complete their assessments.  

We expect it will take a few weeks before we have any information to share from the assessments.

A reminder to refer to Drive BC for updates on opening times for Mountain View Road.

All residents in the area must comply with the evacuation order and should not trespass in the area. The evacuation order is in place to keep residents safe. More debris events are probable, and they can be fast moving, volatile and unpredictable.

 

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Update for Mountain View Area Residents, McBride

The debris flood incident on Mountain View Road at Willox Creek near McBride BC continues to be monitored and assessed by the Regional District in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Emergency Management BC and other Ministries.

Residents are reminded that hazards are still present in the evacuation order area. More debris events are probable, and they can be fast moving, volatile and unpredictable.

The Regional District will be holding a meeting for residents who are under evacuation order as a result of the Willox Creek debris flood incident. The date is still to be determined and in the interim, the attached questions and answers could be of assistance to affected residents.

Update for Mountain View Area Residents. McBride

The debris flood incident on Mountain View Road at Willox Creek near McBride BC continues to be monitored and assessed by the Regional District in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Emergency Management BC and other Ministries.

Residents are reminded that hazards are still present in the evacuation order.  More debris events are probable, and they can be fast moving, volatile and unpredictable. 

Residents in the Mountain View Road area west of the hazard site are advised to continue to shelter in place. Sheltering in place requires:

·         Avoiding the hazard area
·         Remaining in a secure location
·         Checking in on neighbors
·         Keeping calm and alert
·         Monitoring the Regional District website at www.rdffg.bc.ca or further information

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has announced extended openings for Mountain View Road from 6:30 am – 8:30 pm. Further details on that are attached to this bulletin.

It is important for residents to be aware that the road opening is for essential local travel only for residents of the area. There is no stopping in the evacuation order area. The general public should continue to avoid the area.  

The emergency water and ground transportation will continue to operate as scheduled. Further details, including scheduling are available on the Regional District website at www.rdffg.bc.ca

Security is in place at the evacuation order area and will be on site 24 hours a day.

An update from Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is attached to this bulletin.

Update for Mountain View Road Area Residents, McBride

The debris flood incident on Mountain View Road at Willox Creek near McBride BC continues to be monitored and assessed by the Regional District in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Emergency Management BC and other Ministries.

Residents are reminded that hazards are still present in the evacuation order.  More debris events are probable, and they can be fast moving, volatile and unpredictable.  For the safety and well-being of the public and the neighbourhood, public access to the area is not permitted.

Residents in the Mountain View Road area west of the hazard site are advised to continue to shelter in place. Sheltering in place requires:

·         Avoiding the hazard area
·         Remaining in a secure location
·         Checking in on neighbors
·         Keeping calm and alert
·         Monitoring the Regional District website at www.rdffg.bc.ca for further information

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced this afternoon that there will be intermittent road openings tomorrow (Saturday, July 11) dependent on conditions.  Further details on that is attached to this bulletin.

The emergency water and ground transportation will continue to operate as scheduled.  Further details, including scheduling are available on the Regional District website at www.rdffg.bc.ca

Security is in place at the evacuation order area and will be on site 24 hours a day.

An update from Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is attached to this bulletin.

Update for Mountain View Road Area Residents, McBride

The debris flood incident on Mountain View Road at Willox Creek near McBride BC continues to be monitored and assessed by the Regional District in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Emergency Management BC and other Ministries.

Residents are reminded that hazards are still present in the evacuation order. More debris events are probable, and they can be fast moving, volatile and unpredictable. For the safety and well-being of the public and the neighbourhood, public access to the area is not permitted.

Residents in the Mountain View Road area west of the hazard site are advised to continue to shelter in place. Sheltering in place requires:

·         Avoiding the hazard area
·         Remaining in a secure location
·         Checking in on neighbors
·         Keeping calm and alert
·         Monitoring the Regional District website at www.rdffg.bc.ca for further information

Yesterday, we announced a water and ground emergency transportation service to provide residents west of the Willox Creek debris flood area with a means to access essential supplies within the community to support them while they shelter in place. Today was the first day of the service and a number of residents were able to utilize the service.  Further details, including scheduling are available on the Regional District website at www.rdffg.bc.ca

Security is in place at the evacuation order area and will be on-site 24 hours a day.

An update from Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is attached to this bulletin.

Update for Mountain View Road Area Residents, McBride

The debris flood incident on Mountain View Road at Willox Creek near McBride BC continues to be monitored and assessed by the Regional District in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Emergency Management BC and other Ministries.

Residents in the Mountain View Road area west of the hazard site are advised to continue to shelter in place. Sheltering in place requires:

·         Avoiding the hazard area
·         Remaining in a secure location
·         Checking in on neighbors
·         Keeping calm and alert
·         Monitoring the Regional District website at www.rdffg.bc.ca for further information

Residents are reminded that hazards are still present in the evacuation order. More debris events are probable, and they can be fast moving, volatile and unpredictable. For the safety and well being of the public and the neighbourhood, public access to the area is not permitted.

A water and ground emergency transportation service has been established to provide residents west of the Willox Creek debris flood area with a means to access essential services within the community to support them while they shelter in place. Service will commence tomorrow (July 9). Further details are available on the Regional District website at www.rdffg.bc.ca

Security is in place at the evacuation order area and will be on-site 24 hours a day.

An update from Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is attached to this bulletin.

Update for Mountain View Road Area Residents, McBride

The debris flood incident on Mountain View Road at Willox Creek near McBride BC continues to be monitored and assessed by the Regional District in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Emergency Management BC and other Ministries.

Residents in the Mountain View Road area west of the hazard site are advised to continue to shelter in place. Sheltering in place requires:

·         Avoiding the hazard area
·         Remaining in a secure location
·         Checking in on neighbors
·         Keeping calm and alert
·         Monitoring the Regional District website at www.rdffg.bc.ca for further information

Residents are reminded that hazards are still present in the evacuation order.  More debris events are probable, and they can be fast moving, volatile and unpredictable.  For the safety and well being of the public and the neighbourhood, public access to the area is not permitted. Arrangements are being made for security.

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George is working to establish water transportation to provide residents west of the Willox Creek debris flood area with a means to access essential services within the community to support them while they shelter in place. Further information on this service, including scheduling will be provided by tomorrow afternoon.

An update from Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is attached to this bulletin.

Update for Mountain View Road area residents

The debris flood incident on Mountain View Road at Willox Creek near McBride BC continues to be monitored and assessed by the Regional District in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Emergency Management BC and other Ministries.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure advises that there is no estimated time for re-opening the roadway.

Any residents in the Mountain View Road area west of the hazard site are advised to continue to shelter in place until a further update is provided. Sheltering in place requires:

·         Avoiding the hazard area
·         Remaining in a secure location
·         Checking in on neighbors
·         Keeping calm and alert
·         Monitoring the Regional District website at www.rdffg.bc.ca for further information

The Regional District has reached out and contacted residents sheltering in place to assess their needs. If any residents’ situations change and they are feeling vulnerable, they are asked to contact the Regional District’s Emergency Operations Centre for further assistance by calling 250-960-4400 or 1-800-667-1959.

Nighttime emergency medical response may be delayed. Should any resident experience a medical emergency overnight, they are advised to call 9-1-1 immediately.

All residents, including those residing within the area on evacuation order and those residing west of the hazard site, must comply with the evacuation order and should not trespass in the area. The evacuation order is in place to keep residents safe. More debris events are probable, and they can be fast moving, volatile and unpredictable.

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Call: Emergency Operations Centre at 250-960-4400 or 1-800-667-1959

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George’s evacuation order issued on July 4, 2020 remains in effect for the Mountain View Road area near McBride BC after an initial debris flow occurred on Willox Creek shortly before 2am that morning. The evacuation order area is shown on the attached map. All residents must comply with the evacuation order and are to leave this unstable area immediately.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is conducting daily geotechnical assessments and have observed unstable slopes on Willox Creek. They advise that more debris events are probable and that it is imperative that residents stay out of the evacuation order area. At this time the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure does not have an estimated time of re-opening the affected roadway.

The Regional District continues to work with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Emergency Management BC and other Ministries to ensure the safety of all area residents, and will be providing further updates as the situation evolves.

 

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Residents to avoid evacuation order area on Mountain View Road near Willox Creek

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George has placed an evacuation order on the Mountain View Road area as outlined in the attached map.

Residents who live within the affected evacuation order area should not be accessing any of the order area or their properties. The evacuation order is in place to keep residents safe as debris flows are fast moving and can be volatile and unpredictable.

In addition, if any residents who reside west of the Mountain View Road evacuation order area have left their properties, they are asked to please register with the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George by calling 250-960-4400 or 1-800-667-1959.

Information for residents west of Willox Creek debris flow

The evacuation order area remains unchanged for the debris flow incident situation on Mountain View Road near Willox Creek. The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George requests all McBride residents continue to avoid the hazard area. Debris flows are fast moving and can be volatile and unpredictable.

Any residents west of the hazard area are advised to continue to shelter in place until a further update is issued. Sheltering in place requires:

·         Avoiding the hazard area

·         Remaining in a secure location

·         Checking in on neighbors

·         Keeping calm and alert

·         Monitoring the Regional District website at www.rdffg.bc.ca for further information

Anyone west of the hazard area that requires immediate assistance is asked to contact the Regional District at 250-960-4400 or 1-800-667-1959.

Information for residents west of Willox Creek debris flow

Regional District of Fraser-Fort George is requesting all McBride residents avoid the hazard area around the debris flow incident that occurred on Mountain View Road near Willox Creek on the morning of July 4, 2020. Debris flows are fast moving and can be volatile and unpredictable.

Any residents west of the hazard area are advised to shelter in place given road access is blocked. Sheltering in place requires:

·         Avoiding the hazard area
·         Remaining in a secure location
·         Checking in on neighbors
·         Keeping calm and alert
·         Monitoring the Regional District website at www.rdffg.bc.ca for further information

Anyone west of the hazard area that requires immediate assistance is asked to contact the Regional District at 250-960-4400 or 1-800-667-1959.

Evacuation order issued for Mountain View Road, McBride

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George has issued an evacuation order for approximately 9 residences in the Mountain View Road area near McBride, BC. The order area is shown on the attached map.

The order has been issued as a result of debris flow along Willox Creek that occurred in the early hours of Saturday July 4.

Those in the evacuation order area are asked to leave the area immediately. They are also required to register with the Regional District by calling 250-960-4400 or 1-800-667-1959.

The public is asked to stay away from the incident site and are reminded to exercise extreme caution near rivers and streams. High water-flows can cause bank erosion and instability including debris flow, and currents in the river can be volatile and unpredictable. Please avoid all rivers, streams and water bodies with rising levels.

 

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A debris flood occurred along Willox Creek near Mountain View Road, McBride in the early morning of July 4, 2020.