Reduced snowfall overnight has allowed District of Kitimat crews and private contractors to begin catching up on snow removal. We are currently working to coordinate additional resources to assist with these efforts.
Kitimatís Emergency Operations Centre was initiated last night in order to organize extra equipment. Main roads have been cleared enough for general access, but many side streets have yet to be reached. Search and Rescue is on standby in case snowmobiles are needed to access difficult-to-reach homes.
Kitamaat Village Road remains closed as fallen trees and downed power lines have prevented snow removal from being done.
We wish to emphasize that crews have been working very hard over long hours to keep as many roadways cleared as possible. The public is reminded to assist our crews by adhering to the following:
- Donít drive unless absolutely necessary, as stuck vehicles will hinder snow clearing.
- If walking around town, please use the left side of the road (facing traffic).
- Conserve water as power outages have impacted our pumping system.
- Absolutely do NOT place snow from your property onto roadways.
- Donít park vehicles on any roads at any time during snow clearing operations.
- Stay well away from the road when plows and snow blowers are out. Propelled ice and snow debris can be extremely dangerous. Parents should be extra vigilant in ensuring children donít put themselves in harmís way.
- Be careful near any downed power lines as they may still be live.
Emergency services remain available. If youíre experiencing an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
For updates on power outages and estimated restoration times, please visit the BC Hydro website at www.bchydro.com/outages