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Amphibex on its way, city hall says
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(Breaking News) Tuesday, 15 January 2008, 13:16 PST
Citizen staff   

An amphibious excavator is on its way to Prince George to break up the Nechako River ice jam, officials at city halll said in an update Tuesday afternoon.

The machine, an Amphibex, was picked up in Montreal by its operator on Monday and should be in the city by Friday at the latest.

Preparations are also being made for the start of construction on the warm-water pipe that will bring water from the Canfor steam plant to the Nechako river channel.

That water, which will be introduced to the channel at 15 C, will be placed at a point designed to help melt the ice existing in the river now, and to help prevent further ice buildup and another occurrence of the jam, if efforts to clear the jam are successful, officials said.

Meanwhile, water levels dropped along the course of the ice jam, down 10 centimetres at Cottonwood Island Park, 30 cm. at the Cameron Street Bridge and 40 cm. at Pozer Road near the Delhaven subdivision.

The city is also making plans to raise gabion dikes previously installed to 60 cm. above the 200-year flood level as a precautionary measure.

- An information session will be held tonight at city hall for homeowners impacted by the ice jam, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the council chambers on the second floor.

Flood prevention personnel and representatives from Northern Health, Terasen Gas and BC Hydro will be on hand.

- Community meetings will be held each Tuesday starting Jan. 22, at the Civic Centre, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., to provide ongoing updates on the emergency and allow the public to get answers to questions they may have.

People immediately affected by the ice jam and flood and wish to acquire sandbags can call the Service Centre at 561-7600 for information.

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