News from Kamloops

June 24, 2012

Kamloops EOC Moves to Level 2 Stage

Kamloops, B.C. - The Kamloops Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) received morning and afternoon briefings from Environment Canada and BC River Forecast Centre. Information provided indicated that the projected river will approach 1 in 20 year flows on the North Thompson River and slightly above the 1 in 20 year flows on the South Thompson River. The North Thompson is expected to peak Monday or Tuesday and the South Thompson Wednesday or Thursday. These projections are at or slightly above 1999 levels.

Based on this information, the EOC has escalated to a Level 2 stage and is actioning the deployment of flood protection Gabion baskets in low lying areas along Schubert Drive and other works in North Kamloops. The works being actioned are designed to provide additional protection beyond the projected river levels taking into account existing road and dike protection levels and elevations in low lying areas. Similar assessments are being conducted along the South Thompson corridor, which generally has higher levels of protection.

There are no expected water quality concerns for any properties serviced by the Kamloops Centre for Water Quality. Regular sampling and water quality testing is conducted daily. There are also no issues with the wastewater treatment plant operation.

During the past 24 hour period, some localized flooding occurred due to the heavy rainfall. City crews and additional resources worked throughout the night pumping and draining areas where pooling occurred. Crews will continue to respond as necessary.

Residents are again reminded that they should implement precautionary measures as necessary. Sand and sandbags are available at Firehalls #1 through #6.

Residents are also reminded to call 250-828-3461 for flooding information or to request sandbags and sand.

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Media Contact:
Peter Milobar, Mayor
City of Kamloops
250-371-2295
mayor@kamloops.ca