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Nechako River hits 200-year-high, floods Prince George again


Water levels on the Nechako River reached their highest level in 200 years over the weekend after a large chunk of ice shifted creating new flooding in Prince George.

Many homes and businesses in the River Road and Pulp Mill Road areas were flooded for the second time this winter.

The flooding is a result of ice on the Nechako River and the nearby Fraser River blocking the normal flow of the rivers, affecting areas along the Nechako above the confluence of the two rivers.

Prince George spokesman Kevin Brown said the city has spent $1.5 million trying to prevent damage from the floods since the river first breached its banks and a local state of emergency was declared on Dec. 11.

"It's really starting to sink in that we are working and seeing something very unique, something never seen in Prince George before," said Brown on Sunday.

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