News from Kamloops

June 25, 2012

Kamloops EOC deploys flood basket protection at Riverside Park

Kamloops, B.C. - As the City moves to successful completion of flood basket installation on Schubert Drive and other North Shore locations, the Kamloops EOC is now turning its attention to protection of Riverside Park infrastructure. Installations of the flood baskets in the Park should be completed by end of day Monday.

With the unseasonable late rise of the river, which has coincided with the end of school and heavy use time at Riverside Park, the Kamloops EOC is deploying flood baskets in the Park. The goal of this deployment is the long term protection of major City assets as well as enabling short and longer term use by a wide variety of residents, user groups, and tourists.

With this deployment, expensive City assets, including the water park, tennis courts and Heritage House will be protected. In past years, the City has used traditional sandbagging to protect Heritage House. The new basket technology provided by Emergency Management BC has enabled the City to provide higher level protection to the same City assets in a more efficient, cost-effective manner. With updated river level forecasts and City survey crew data provided today, the City has been able to reduce the diking area from approximately 700 metres to approximately 500 metres.

From Music in the Park starting July 2nd to summer camps to fundraising events and other community activities, this preventative action will enable the majority of the park space to be enjoyed for pre-booked events as well as daily usage by residents and tourists.

The public is asked to be respectful of the equipment working in Riverside Park throughout the day and remain away from the construction area.

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