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UPDATE: Flood evacuation alert called

While river water levels have dropped slightly since this morning, the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine is calling several areas to evacuate due to expected rainfall.

Evacuation alerts are being put in place for Dutch Valley, Old Kitselas Road, parts of Old Remo (specifically Robin Road beyond Alwyn Creek Bridge), Usk North, and New Remo below the Whitebottom turnoff, said emergency co-ordinator for RDKS Wes Patterson.

This morning, the Skeena River at Usk was measured at 11.428 metres, dropping to 11.41 at noon. Despite this, Patterson said alerts are being called because 10 - 25 mm of rain is expected to fall over the next two to four days.

"They're starting to recede a little bit," said Patterson. "With that said, we're still having a local state of emergency called."

"Potential for a continued river rise is still there."

Patterson said that residents who have evacuated can go to the Rich McDaniel room at the Terrace Arena to register and for assistance.

The reception centre there opened today at 4 p.m. and will close at 9 p.m.

Tomorrow, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"And, we do have a supply of sandbags and sand available," said Patterson. "We have been delivering to residents in the regional district."

For further information, Patterson instructed residents to call the Regional District office at 250-615-6100 during business hours.

He said lodging for those evacuated is being organized if needed.

"It would certainly be a help if people have alternate means of lodging ... whether that's with other family members or friends," said Patterson.

Rising waters have already led to several road closures.

Updates can be found on the Flood Watch 2012 Facebook page.

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