June 29, 2012
Kamloops, B.C. - As river levels continue to recede, the Kamloops Emergency Operations Centre is scaling down to a Level 1 activation to oversee the final demobilization of flood protection measures. Removal of the gabion flood baskets and sealed catch basins are planned for next week, dependent upon lower river levels and ground stability.
Beginning the week of July 9th, the City of Kamloops will be offering sandbag pick up for residents. Similar to garbage collection, residents must place the sandbags in the same curbside location where they would typically place their garbage containers. Sandbags will be picked up the day following regular scheduled garbage collection as per the City of Kamloops collection schedule. All sandbags must be placed at the curbside location by 7:00 a.m. the day of the sandbag pick up.
Alternatively, residents may drop sandbags off at the Mission Flats or Barnhartvale landfills at no charge, effective immediately.
Residents are reminded to avoid riverfront areas due to the fast moving current and use extra caution on the Rivers Trails as there is sand and gravel on the pathway from the installation of the Gabion flood baskets. Caution should also be taken in all areas adjacent to riverbanks due to swift water and potential erosion risks. Please obey all signage.
River closures issued by the RCMP are still in effect and will continue over the July 1st weekend. Due to navigational hazards, safety concerns and erosion along the corridor, all boaters and non-motorized watercraft users are advised to stay off rivers.
The City of Kamloops would like to thank residents for their cooperation and support of flood preparedness and public safety efforts and acknowledge the caring shown by residents in lending a helping hand to neighbours.
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Tammy Robertson, Information Officer
City of Kamloops