Water Submerges British Columbia Resort
A burst of snowmelt has submerged a campground north of Prince George, British Columbia, under several inches of water, and an emergency crew was called out Monday morning (May 5) to pile sandbags around the main building.
"The river, she has risen," said Robyn Stoy, co-owner of Rockin's River Resort, a 58-site campground near the Salmon River Bridge 15 miles north of downtown Prince George, according to the Prince George Citizen.
It's the second spring in a row the campground at the site has suffered flooding. Stoy and partner Horst Schulz bought the property nearly three years ago.
"Last year, they told me it was the worst spring in 15 years," Stoy said. "Well, it wasn't nearly what it is now and we haven't even peaked yet."
Stoy said the trouble began Sunday evening when water started to seep onto the property. By the next morning the main building was surrounded after the river rose by about three feet in just one hour, although the water has remained shallow enough for vehicles to make their way along the main driveway.
Aided by three truckloads of sand, a crew of 13 from the Ministry of Forests' fire suppression branch was out filling roughly 500 sandbags and placing them around the main building.
Environment ministry flood hazard technician Lyle Larsen expects the river will remain high for a couple of weeks.
The campground typically floods in most high water years because it's so close to the river, he added.
A plan to open the campground for business by May 15 is on hold and Stoy is worried it may not be ready for a medieval festival scheduled for the resort in early June.
"We just don't know what's going to happen," Stoy said.