Dawson Creek releases flood update

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The following is an update from the City of Dawson Creek.  The City has now opened 17th street and Willowbrook to traffic, but expect delays today as crews are already paving this section.  The Disaster Financial Assistance program will be hosting a public meeting Monday, June 20 at 7:00PM at the Encana Events Centre – Upper Lobby – all public is welcome to attend this information session regarding the DFA program.See the full update below.Roads17th Street and Willowbrook – Both lanes are now open – expect delays Saturday as the crew will be out paving this section.- Advertisement -8th Street – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has opened 8th Street to two lanes.10th Street – 10th Street is open.15th Street – This crossing will remain closed until further notice and is currently blocked off.Advertisement The Disaster Financial Assistance program will be hosting a public meeting Monday, June 20 at 7:00PM at the Encana Events Centre – Upper Lobby – all public is welcome to attend this information session regarding the DFA program.On June 15, Dawson Creek set an all-time high for rain in one day: 89.8 millimetres. This beats any previous record set from when the records were set in the 1920’s.Garbage CollectionWaste Management will be doing the downtown route on Saturday instead of today. Thursday’s collection from 100B Aveneut to 98 Avenue will also occur on Saturday. Thursday and Friday’s collection for properties south of Alaska Avenue will be done today and may carry onto Saturday.LANDFILL / Transfer Station Hours: Wednesday to Sunday (9:00am to 5:00pm).Both Brookside and City Cemeteries are unaffected by the flooding and are good.Advertisement 108 Ave – 108th Avenue is open to single lane traffic – no flaggers so please proceed with caution.Garbage Clean-upThank you to AltaGas for their $10,000 donation to help with the efforts of the repairs. We are going to work and attempting to get some large waste bins strategically located in and around the south side of town for citizens to dispose of flood damaged belongings and or sewer damaged belongings.Locations: 10117-17th Street (vacant gas station NW corner of 17th street and 102ndave)Kitchen Park (SE corner of 18th Street and 108th ave)Chamberlain Park (between 15th Street and 16th Street north side of Chamberlain Drive)This is not intended for regular domestic garbage so please do not take advantage of our neighbours who need this to help them clean up their flood damaged homes. These bins will be out either tonight or Saturday and then the material will be collected on Monday. They will be continued to be monitored after Monday if they are still in use.Advertisement B.C. TransitBC Transit will be operating Route 1 (North) on time and normal schedule while Route 2 is currently running subject to change. Please expect minor delays in the service. BC Transit will be back to normal schedule on all routes on Saturday. There may still be some delays on Saturday so be prepared for some timing to be off.SchoolsAll Schools in Dawson Creek, surrounding rural area and Moberly Lake will re-open on Monday, June 20, 2016. Regular school sessions will resume as usual. However, at this time we are still uncertain if school buses in Dawson Creek and Chetwynd areas will be operating or if there will be any route cancellations or deviations. A notice on bus services will be posted on the bus notifications tab on the school district website Monday morning. Please check the website for updates.Provincial exams will run as scheduled; it is recommended that any bus students writing exams have an alternate plan to get to the school if bus routes are cancelled next week.Dawson Trail· Closed between the Mall and 4th streetSpecial Council MeetingMayor Bumstead has ordered a special council meeting to occur on Monday at 1:00PM to ensure we begin to understand the issues and provide administration with support and direction to begin the process of fixing the property damage.Further information updates will occur Monday or as needed if there is a need. Please continue to be safe and if you need assistance, call the city at 311 or if emergency call 911. Disaster Financial AssistanceDisaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is now available to eligible British Columbians in the Peace River Regional District area, including Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Fort St John, Hudson’s Hope, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, Tumbler Ridge and the First Nations communities of Saulteau and West Moberly who may have been impacted from the major flooding that occurred this past week.DFA is available to home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.Applications for DFA must be submitted to Emergency Management BC (EMBC) by Sept 15, 2016.British Columbians can access the DFA application form at:http://ow.ly/CKSs301ncgOForms will also be available at the Dawson Creek Fire Department – if you have any questions, you can call the Dawson Creek Fire Department at 250-782-9898.Advertisementlast_img read more

Blair says Mideast projects are a path to peace

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The projects – some already in the pipeline for months – are an emergency Gaza sewage treatment plant; a Turkish-sponsored industrial park in the southern West Bank; an agroindustrial park in the West Bank town of Jericho; and cooperation on reviving the Palestinian tourism sector, with a focus on the West Bank town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus. The four programs, whose costs have not been given, could create thousands of jobs for Palestinians, Blair said. Other proposed plans to build recreational facilities and housing could generate tens of thousands more, he added. Israel had to approve the projects because its military, citing security concerns, has severely restricted the movement of people and goods inside, to and from the Palestinian territories. Israel sealed Gaza’s borders in June, following the territory’s violent takeover by Islamic Hamas militants. Hundreds of roadblocks and checkpoints badly impede transport across the West Bank. Barak announced that 24 more roadblocks and one checkpoint would be removed this week, in addition to a similar number dismantled recently. JERUSALEM – International Mideast envoy Tony Blair announced four economic projects Monday designed to create thousands of jobs for Palestinians and bolster peace efforts with Israel. While careful not to “exaggerate the significance” of the projects, Blair said it was a “strong beginning” toward supporting peace negotiations to be formally renewed at a U.S.-backed conference in Annapolis, Md., next week. “Without hope of prosperity, rising living standards, and an economic stake in the future for ordinary Palestinians, the politics will never succeed,” the former British prime minister said at a joint news conference with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Blair is serving as the representative for the “Quartet” of Mideast peacemakers – the U.S. U.N., EU and Russia. Fayyad said he hoped all the obstacles would one day come down because they deter much-needed investment. He is preparing a new Palestinian appeal for international aid at a gathering of donor countries in Paris on Dec. 17. Barak said that while Israel was working to disconnect itself from Gaza, it approved the sewage project in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya because it was a humanitarian program. Construction materials for the World Bank-funded project already have been imported, Blair said. Last week, Turkey, the Palestinians and Israel signed a framework agreement for the industrial park in the area of the West Bank city of Hebron. In August, Israel, Jordan and Palestinian officials announced plans for the joint Israeli-Palestinian agro-industrial park in Jericho, which would allow the Palestinians to export to Europe and Arab states.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more