Princeton declares a state of emergency

“We want to make sure we are prepared.”

The Town of Princeton has declared a state of emergency as evacuation orders and alerts are buttering its northern borders.

It is a proactive move only, according to Lyle Thomas, information officer for the municipality.

“There is no immediate danger to the Town of Princeton. There have been no alerts or evacuation orders [in town].”

The emergency declaration – made early Monday afternoon – gives the town access to provincial funds and authorities that are otherwise not available and also sets in motions a series of local preparations, said Thomas.

“We want to make sure we are prepared. We want to make sure we are ready and we plot some basic things out if things go poorly.”

As of Tuesday morning 350 properties in the area have been evacuated, and last night the evacuation alert area was extended twice to include more homes on 5A and Princeton Summerland Road, as homes in Erris and Jura.