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UPDATE: Johnston Bridge Loop closed due to flooding

The Quesnel River is completely covered by ice
The flooding appears to be caused by an ice jam along the Quesnel River. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)


The Johnston Bridge Loop has been shut down by the City of Quesnel.

Flooding from an ice buildup along the Quesnel River forced the closure.

The city had warned drivers to be careful in the morning of Jan. 3.

The Johnston Bridge itself is open to a single lane for southbound traffic only.


Part of the Johnston Bridge Loop is a frozen lake thanks to an ice jam on the Quesnel River.

In the morning of Monday, Jan. 3, the river was frozen over at the train bridge, and the city of Quesnel is warning drivers to be careful if they need to use it.

Signage is up to warn drivers, and it appears two vehicles can still pass by each other on the loop.

While portions of the Fraser River remain open water, much of the river is frozen. Quesnel had record-setting cold temperatures in late-December.

Areas around Smithers B.C. were put under an evacuation alert due to ice jams on Dec. 26.

READ MORE: Ice jam threat prompts evacuation alert for northern B.C. community

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