REPORTING · 23rd August 2011
With the grey skies over head, the Kitimat Flooded over the weekend prompting an evacuation of riverbank campers. The Kitimat Fire Department recorded 86 millimetres of rain from Friday, 8 Am to Monday, 8 Am.
“The District was involved to the point where we went down to the riverbank and warned people that we recommend that they leave the riverbank on east side of the river,” said Martin Gould, Head of the District of Kitimat Leisure Services.
Radley Park received notice about a potential evacuation later that night if the river continued to rise. However, the river level dropped as soon as they were finished this procedure.
No further campsites have washed away from Radley Park as a result of this weather.
Hirsch Creek was also higher then normal.
River bed camping.
Comment by Daniel Carter on 23rd August 2011
Apparently, there were a number of RVs and travel trailers stranded down at the lower dike and giant spruce areas of the Kitimat River due to the rapid rise in water level. 2 days prior, there was a rainfall warning issued for the area calling for ~60mm of rain. anything over 30mm will cause the river to rise quickly. Please, if you must camp on the riverbed anywhere, keep in tune with your weather reports on a regular basis and be proactive on evacuation BEFORE the river starts to rise.
I myself do not know of another place in the province that allows such camping on a riverbed.