Photo: The intersection of 100th street and 93rd avenue at the height of Thursday’s storm – Submitted
The City of Fort St. John is looking for residents to report damage after Thursday night’s freak thunderstorm.
The City would like local residents and business owners to report damage to the City, so staff can request assistance from the Province. City staff will provide information to the Provincial Emergency Program, so that they can determine if any level of support will be provided to help our community recover from the storm.
Residents can record all damage incurred as a result of the storm using video or pictures, as well as written documentation by calling City Hall at 250-787-8150. After hour calls can be directed to the Fort St. John Fire Department at 250-785-4333.
Mayor Lantz announced Friday that the City has activated the community’s Emergency Operations Centre, in case the community receives more rain, which is currently in the forecast.
Residents who need help cleaning up damage on their property will also be able to access one of 50 flood kits from the Red Cross. These kits will be available for pick-up Saturday afternoon at the Fort St. John Fire Department. The kits consist of basic tools to help in the aftermath of Thursday’s storm. Residents can also find more information regarding the basic steps to take after a flood at www.fortstjohn.ca
Mayor Lantz continues to stress that in the event of any future flooding, residents must stay away from flooded areas.
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Many believe damage to the Totem Mall would have been minimal if residents driving through the parking lot and creating waves. Totem Mall Manager Rob Schlitt says the flooding in the stores only occurred because people were driving through the parking lot and splashing water against the building. He added that if that hadn’t happened, the stores probably would not have been water damaged at all.
At this time the only known business to suffer heavy damage was the Aurora Cinema Centre in the Totem Mall. The Cinema Centre currently only has two out of the five screens in operation. The movies Cats & Dogs and Charlie St. Cloud are the only movies showing Friday night. The Centre hopes to open more screens over the weekend. For updates on what movies are playing, call 250-785-8811.
City staff have reported minimal damage to city infrastructure, with City Hall being the only city building to have flooded slightly.
For photos and video of the damage, click here