Over 9,000 evacuees have now registered at the emergency reception centre at the College of New Caledonia. 1,706 of whom are children.
“A huge number, which is fantastic, have found alternate accommodations; otherwise known as billeting,” says Michael Kellett, the Senior Communications Officer for the City of Prince George. “So that says a lot about the community that all of these folks are coming out and basically offering up their homes to the evacuees.”
It’s the 12th day since Prince George activated Emergency Social Services to support the influx of people from the Cariboo region.
Kellett says people arrived in 3 waves. “The first was when the provincial emergency declaration was issued, that resulted in a number of evacuees. Then certainly when 100 mile house had their evacuation order we saw the resulting next wave basically. Then when Williams Lake had their order we had a very large wave of folks come into Prince George.”
Evacuees are still trickling in.”We have a very strong suspicion that the folks who are in Prince George who have evacuated here and we are accommodating are from the Williams Lake area,” says Kellett. “That’s by virtue of the vicinity, that sort of thing. It’s closer to get here than say Kamloops.”
Kellett is expecting the number of evacuees to plateau at some point. “They have reduced it from an order to an advisory in Cache Creek so they can head back there. I’m not sure when they will be heading back to 100 Mile, but that might be any day now.”