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Stewart remains cut off

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WHAT'S left of the Bitter Creek Bridge east of Stewart.
— image credit: PHOTO COURTESY PETER WEEBER

IT'S going to be days yet before there's a road connection in and out of Stewart, the tiny community's citizens were told at a public meeting last night.

And at the minimum, it could be as long as five days before crews can repair a damaged Hwy37A and also replace a bridge that was destroyed at the height of floods caused by heavy rain.

But arrangements are being made to get health care services and other necessities into the community.

Stewart chief administrative officer Peter Weeber said medications and prescriptions are to be delivered today and that plans are underway to barge in food, fuel and other required commitment.

Heavy rain beginning at the start of the week force a highway closure by Wednesday and the Bitter Creek Bridge was destroyed early Thursday morning.

The Bear River has been running very high and chewed up sections of Hwy37A.

Fortunately dykes protecting the community have held and District of Stewart crews have been monitoring them day and night.

Crews organized through the transportation ministry are bringing in a bridge to replace the destroyed Bitter Creek one.

Workers from surrounding mining camps are also helping out, the public meeting was told.

Gas sales are being restricted until a resupply can take place.

In the meantime, flooding of the Nass River on the Nisga'a Highway in the Nass Valley has continued a road closure between Gitwinksihlkw and Greenville.

That's cut off Greenville and Kincolith, a village at the mouth of the Nass River.

Reports indicate that the last time such a volume of water flowed down the Nass River was in 1974.

The walking-only suspension bridge that was once the only connection between Gitwinksihlkw on the north side of the Nass River and the south side has been damaged by debris being swept downstream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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