July 3, 2012
Kamloops, B.C. - With declining river levels, the Kamloops Emergency Operations Centre is beginning demobilization of flood protection measures. First priority is unsealing catch basins in low lying areas. Starting today, approximately 20% of catch basins will have the cover material removed and be put back into working condition. As river levels continue to recede, the remaining catch basins will be unsealed. Removal of the gabion flood baskets is expected within the next two weeks.
The RCMP is assessing river levels and water hazards to determine when river closures will be lifted. Information on when the bans will be lifted is expected within the next 24 hours. Boaters and recreational watercraft users are advised to stay off the rivers while the closures are in effect.
Beginning the week of July 9th, the City of Kamloops is 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 business 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. Where sandbags have not been picked up after 5 business days, residents are asked to call Public Works at 250-828-3461 and provide their address so that arrangements can be made for pick up.
Residents are still reminded to take care along riverfront areas due to the fast moving current. Caution should also be taken in all areas adjacent to riverbanks due to swift water and potential erosion risks. Please obey all signage.
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Tammy Robertson, Information Officer
City of Kamloops