Anvil Mountain Ranch at Big Creek is one of many properties impacted. Dina Russell said many neighbours are in the same situation or worse had to leave because their homes are being flooded.

VIDEO: Roads remain washed out due to flooding in the Cariboo

The Chilcotin River south of Big Creek and its tributaries remain on flood watch

Several roads remain closed west of Williams Lake due to flooding impacting the area.

After more than 100 millimetres of rain fell in five days, and the Chilcotin River and its tributaries, including Big Creek, have overflowed causing washouts.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre’s latest estimate for the Chilcotin River as of Tuesday evening, was an estimated flow of 1090 cubic metres per second which is over the 200-year return period.

Here is an aerial view from Tuesday afternoon where Big Creek flows into the Chilcotin River at Riske Creek

Witte Road remains closed, approximately 65 km south of Alexis Creek, and the Gaspard Creek-Mons Creek Forest Service Road has washouts and remains closed.

VIDEO: Big Creek area access road washed out due to flooding

A Ministry of Transportation spokesperson confirmed late Tuesday that other roads closed are Farwell Canyon at the 54 km mark, Sky Ranch Road and Taseko Lake Road at Yunesit’in First Nation.

There are no detours available for any of these roads, except for the Farwell Canyon Road as of Wednesday afternoon, there is a detour via Big Creek Road.

The ministry is continuing to assist the Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre, while the ministry and Dawson Road Maintenance staff are monitoring water levels and are preparing to initiate repairs once water levels recede.

At this time, the ministry confirmed, there is no estimate on when the roads will be able to reopen.

The CRD in a bulletin issued Tuesday encouraged anyone who is experiencing flooding issues affecting homes and businesses to please call the public information line at 1-866-759-4977 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

After hours, residents should call the CRD’s regular phone number at 1-800-665-1636 and press 5 to reach the after-hours emergency line.

“If access is cut-off due to flooding, please shelter in place, which means you should stay where you are and stay safe. Contact the CRD if you need assistance,” the bulletin noted.

People living near a river or stream are encouraged to take some precautions to reduce the risk associated with a flood, such as preparing personal emergency supply kits for home, car and work and plan for at least a three-day supply of food and water for each family member.



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Anvil Mountain Ranch as seen Tuesday where water from Big Creek has flooded fields and destroyed fences. Dina Russell photos

The Russells at Anvil Mountain Ranch still have two small creeks, such as Mud Creek here, causing washouts of local roads near their property at Big Creek. Dina Russell photo

A road suddenly drops off at the Chilcotin River on the Wineglass Ranch at Riske Creek where more than 30 acres of land has been washed away by the river. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

An aerial view of the Wineglass Ranch showing where the landscape has been altered. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

As seen from the Wineglass Ranch on Tuesday afternoon, the Chilcotin River was roaring, with large waves, and a constant debris flow as well as washing away of the river bank. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

A road suddenly drops off at the Chilcotin River on the Wineglass Ranch at Riske Creek where more than 30 acres of land has been washed away by the river. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

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