News from Kamloops

June 19, 2012

North and South Thompson Rivers Flood Advisory

Kamloops, B.C. - A flood advisory has been issued by the BC River Forecast Centre for the North and South Thompson Rivers. The BC River Forecast Centre advises that both rivers are expected to rise a minimum of 2 feet over the next few days. As a result, low-lying properties are advised to take necessary precautions. Sand and bags are currently being delivered to River Street, 3700 block of Overlander Drive, 7200 Furrer Road and Heffley Creek Trailer Park. All local firehalls have sand and bags available for pickup 24/7 by residents. Sandbags are also available at the Public Works Centre at 955 Concordia Way, Monday to Friday, 7:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Residents are also advised that effective tomorrow morning, all local boat launches will be closed until further notice. In light of high river levels, the City of Kamloops is requesting that watercraft users stay off the river due to the potential erosion of sensitive berms and dikes.

The City of Kamloops will continue to inspect dikes and seal off catch basins and manholes in low-lying areas.

The Seniors Outreach Society Snow Angels team has offered to assist seniors and those with mobility challenges with sandbagging efforts. For those requiring this assistance, please contact 250-828-0600.

To request sandbags or more information, please call Public Works at 250-828-3461.

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Media Contact:
Chris Jackson, Utilities Services Operations Manager
City of Kamloops
250-828-3801
cjackson@kamloops.ca