Williams Lake Area Evacuees to Get Further Info at Little Fort
Prince George, B.C. – While an evacuation order has been issued for Williams Lake, there is still some confusion as to where the evacuees are supposed to go. Directions from the Cariboo Regional District and the City of Williams Lake both advise evacuees head south on highway 97, east on highway 24, then south on highway 5 to Kamloops. A note on the CRD’s facebook page has only muddied the waters.
The CRD posted this notice on its facebook page:
“ATTENTION: Currently, ,emergency accommodation in Kamloops is nearing capacity. Ongoing arrangements are being made to determine the best destination to accommodate everyone. There will be further information provided in Little Fort as the intersection of Highway 25 and Highway 5. Updates will also be posted on our facebook page.”
The facebook page can be reached by clicking here
The call for evacuees to head south caught many off guard, as it was generally thought they would be directed north to Prince George. However, the flames have jumped highway 97 at Soda Creek, and the highway has been closed at that location. So ‘plan B’ was put into motion.
There is still a likelihood that some of the Williams Lake evacuees will be directed to Prince George, however, it is not known how many Prince George may expect.
Earlier today, it was noted Prince George is housing more than 7,000 evacuees and P.G. Mayor, Lyn Hall says the city has the capacity “for many more” and is prepared to provide the necessary services “for as long as it takes.”