Terrace Search and Rescue retrieved a number of stranded people off the banks of Kitimat River after a sudden rise in water in the Big Spruce area.
Around 3:30 this morning Kitimat RCMP received a number of called from alarmed campers stuck on the banks of the river.
These stranded motorists were not able to get off the dyke road and as the water levels began to rise it started to sweep the vehicles and RV’s down the river.
Dave Jephson with Search and Rescue says they have gotten everyone out of harms way and are still searching the area to make sure there are no more stranded.
There were no children involved in the incident, although there was a dog that first responders did manage to coax into rescue vehicles.
3 big motor homes and around a dozen vehicles are under water at this time. Jephson is warning people to stay away from flooded waters.
The RCMP worked with, Kitimat Search and Rescue (SARS), members of Terrace SAR/Swift Water Rescue team, and Kitimat Fire/Emergency Health Services to assist with retrieving those individuals. 12 people were rescued via boat and 2 by helicopter.
As of right now, all parties have been accounted for and there are no outstanding missing persons related to this incident. However, the public is encouraged to contact the RCMP should they believe someone is missing resulting from this situation.
Kitimat RCMP are asking the public to stay away from the banks and lower dyke road until the proper assessment can be conducted on the stability of the ground. At this time, the roads to the lower dyke road, Big Spruce, Hirsch Creek Park, and Radley Park have all be closed due to the high water level.