Fire and Rescue holds flood table top meeting

As spring melt brings flood threats from the Nechako River, Vanderhoof Fire and Rescue team will be holding table top exercises April 10

As spring melt brings  flood threats from the Nechako River, Vanderhoof Fire and Rescue team will be holding table top exercises April 10, to run through emergency plan scenarios.

“It will be to introduce our plan to all the key players,” fire Chief Joe Pacheco said.

He noted participants will include hospital workers and RCMP, district road workers, Pacific Northern Gas, BC Hydro, and others.

“We will come to the table to do mini-exercises and familiarize ourselves with the plan,” the fire chief noted.

He added that a facilitator will join the exercises to help things run smoothly. “Community leaders will be here, mayor and council were all playing a part,” Pacheco said.

Dam and reservoir managers at Rio Tinto Alcan noted in a Wednesday press that  “Snow pack accumulation remains near a record level at approximately 170% of the long term average for this time of year.”


Reservoir elevation was recorded at  851.15m (2792.50 ft)  and the SLS Discharge was measured at 121.19 m3/s.The hydrographers are allowing maximum flows to escape out the spillway to keep the dam from overflowing.



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