June 3, 2011

City is Keeping an Eye on River Levels

Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops watches the levels of the North and South Thompson Rivers very closely every year at this time. The City prepares for the rise in river levels by monitoring the snow pillows and the melt in the region as well as current temperatures and precipitation levels. The City analyses the river levels by measurements taken throughout the Thompson watershed and posts the river levels taken from the Overlander Bridge on its website at www.kamloops.ca/riverlevels.

The City has a three stage response to flooding which include a number of activities:

The City has sand and bag stockpiles for residents to use free of charge and can be picked up at the following locations:

The City of Kamloops also maintains constant contact with the local Water Stewardship branch, Environment Canada and the River Forecast Centre in Victoria. For more information, residents can visit the River Forecast Centre website at http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/.

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Media Contact:
Tom Marstaller, Utility Services Manager
City of Kamloops
250-828-3801
tmarstaller@kamloops.ca

Chris Jackson, Utility Services Supervisor
City of Kamloops
250-828-33461
cjackson@kamloops.ca