Rising water levels over the weekend brought on localized flooding, including at Fisherman's Memorial Park where the Kalum River meets the Skeena River. (Staff photo)

Evacuation ordered for rural areas

Rising Skeena River causing localized flooding

Evacuation orders were issued June 5 for Old Remo, New Remo and Usk in a response to rising water levels of the Skeena River, spurred on by a combination of rains and snowmelt.

Residents were ordered out as of 8 p.m. June 5 by the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine and asked to register at the Thornhill Community Center.

The order followed a declaration of a local state of emergency.

Those leaving were told to shut off all gas and electrical appliances other than refrigerators and freezers, to close windows and doors and to latch gates but not to lock them.

People with RVs were told there was room at the Thornhill community grounds and room there for large animals.

Sandbags were made available at the Thornhill Volunteer Fire Depart main station and at the corner of Keith and Kenney within the city boundaries.

The evacuation order followed an alert earlier issued by the regional district.

People who are not members of the affected areas were strongly reminded not to drive through those areas and to stay away from river banks.