Wildfire Updates: General Info for July 16, 2017

Stefanie Poisson

Due to the high volume of traffic, the District’s website is temporarily unavailable. The District has onsite technical assistance that is working to upload to a new server to ensure our community receives information. We ask for your patience.

What we would like to share at this time is the following:

We will update the public as soon as we receive new information. The current evacuation alerts and evacuation orders for the District of Clearwater remain in place as per posts yesterday. Please be reassured, that should areas move from an ALERT to an EVACUATION ORDER, the RCMP and Search & Rescue will be delivering these door to door. At the District office, a team has established the EOC (Emergency Operations Centre), phone 250.674.3416, from 9am to 9pm.

We ask the public’s assistance with the following:
• Please reduce water use at this time within District boundaries.
• A boil water notice has been issued for the District of Clearwater water system.
• Please watch the TRND website for information if you reside outside of the District of Clearwater’s boundary.
• The ER remains open for emergencies at the Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital
• For road conditions and closures please check www.DriveBC.ca
• The Reception Centre in Clearwater is open at the Royal Canadian Legion, #2-257 Glen Road. There is also Reception Centre in Kamloops at the Sandman Centre, 300 Lorne St. If you do not need assistance, please only register with the Red Cross at 1.800.863.6582.
• A community meeting will be held tonight, Sunday July 16th at 6pm at Clearwater Secondary School.

Please follow the TNRD at www.tnrd.ca and BC Wildfire at www.bcwildfire.ca for reliable information.

While the situation is being assessed on a regular basis, we suggest that people use this time to get prepared by packing all important papers, medications, water, food, clothing and items for your pets, etc.

We appreciate the resiliency of the community and the many people that are assisting neighbors. These are difficult times and we know that our community is reaching out to other communities who are under evacuation order.

Updates will continue to be shared. We once again would like to stress that our EOC has the full support of many agencies and public safety is of paramount concern.

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