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Regional district delivering supplies to over 200 stranded properties

Fuel and generators delivered by helicopter to areas west of Chetwynd
Highway 97 as well as other services roads west of Chetwynd were completely washed out June 16, leaving residents stranded.

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) says it is continuing to deliver supplies via helicopter to an estimated 213 properties in the South Peace that are cut off due to wash outs on roads and major highways. 

The bulk of those stranded are in areas around Chetwynd, but an estimated 36 properties are also cut off southeast of Dawson Creek in the Doe River, Swan Lake, Tupper, Tate Creek and Kelly Lake areas. 

At least four bridges have been rendered impassable in the Tupper area.

"(People) are stuck on their properties and until the road networks improve, they may be staying (there)", PRRD spokesperson Trish Morgan said. 

On June 16, a helicopter delivered fuel and generators to about 20 properties in the Hasler Flats area, west of Chetwynd. Morgan says it also brought back two adults and an 11-month-old baby who were left stranded on Highway 97 South.

Today crews will continue to go out to where  residents are stranded and assess their needs. Morgan said that it could be a few days before the road issues are fixed. 

Meanwhile, in Dawson Creek, crews are assessing the damage today in the worst hit areas of the city.

Disaster assistance funding has been made available to residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations and the province has sent staff to the region to assist residents who need to apply for this relief. 

Dawson Creek Fire Department Chief Gordon "Shorty" Smith said the number of evacuees has risen to 80.

Over the next few days emergency personnel and the city will be trying to figure out a plan to get people back in their homes and to get businesses back up and running. 

Schools remain closed throughout the city and surrounding rural areas today. The Dawson Creek and District Hospital is operational, but is only taking emergency patients at this time as the flood has had an effect on their staff.

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