June 15, 2011

Residents Warned to Stay out of the River

Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops is warning residents to stay out of the river as the water is flowing much faster than it looks from the shore.

Over the past few days the river has begun to level out and has reached a height of 343 metres. "The river has risen to the yellow stage alert," stated Tom Marstaller, Utility Services Manager for the City of Kamloops. "With the rise in water levels the City has been working on filling catch basins, testing portable pumps and inspecting dykes," added Marstaller.

According to the River Forecast Centre, the cool April and May led to a delay in the onset of snow melt by 3 to 4 weeks. Due to this, there is still a significant amount of water left to drain into the rivers and the weather over the next couple of weeks will determine how fast the water will come. Based on information provided from Environment Canada, the River Forecast Centre and Water Stewardship Branch, we do not foresee any significant changes in the river level for the next 2-3 days.

Residents are reminded that 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 posts the river levels taken from the Overlander Bridge on its website. Interested residents can view the chart online at www.kamloops.ca/riverlevels.

For more information, residents can also 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
250-828-3461
cjackson@kamloops.ca