The City of Quesnel is advising residents of high water levels along Baker Creek Friday, April 24. As well, the City is also closing the Johnston Bridge Loop due to flooding and working to repair a water main break in West Quesnel. (City of Quesnel Facebook photo)

City of Quesnel dealing with broken water main in West Quesnel, flooding along Johnston Bridge Loop

The Johnston Bridge Loop will close Friday, April 24; City advises of high water along Baker Creek

The City of Quesnel is warning residents about a broken water main in West Quesnel, flooding along the Johnston Bridge Loop and high water levels along Baker Creek Friday, April 24.

Just before noon, the City issued a Public Works notice that City crews are working to repair a water main break near Baker Creek. Properties along Hill Street, Harcourt Avenue, Hutchcroft Street and Higdon Avenue may not have water during this repair.

“Other areas within the city may experience dirty water during this repair,” according to the notice. “Please run taps on cold until water is clear.”

About half an hour before that, the City advised residents that the Johnston Bridge Loop will be closing today due to annual flooding.

Southbound traffic can detour through the railway crossing, while northbound traffic will need to detour through Johnston Subdivision and North Star Road. The City says travellers crossing south must approach the railway crossing from Legion Drive.

Speaking of flooding, the City is also advising of high water levels and fast flowing water along Baker Creek.

“The City of Quesnel will continue to monitor Baker Creek, as well as the Quesnel and Fraser rivers,” states a post on the City’s Facebook page. “The City would like to remind residents to be safe by staying away from river and creek areas, as they may be unstable and dangerous.”

A day earlier, the high water levels on Baker Creek caused trees along its banks to fall, downing power lines and causing power outages Thursday, April 23 in West Quesnel.

READ MORE: PHOTOS: Flooding, downed lines causes power outage in West Quesnel

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