News from Kamloops

May 13, 2013

Kamloops Emergency Management Program Monitors Flood Watch

Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops is working closely with the BC River Forecast Centre and weather experts as part of its active monitoring of river levels throughout the North and South Thompson river systems. Snow melt has been rapid over the past week as a result of unseasonably high temperatures. Rivers across the Southern Interior have been flowing high in response to this snowmelt. Smaller creek systems through the Thompson regions, primarily fed from mid-elevation areas, appear to have exhausted much of the feeding snowpack. While the smaller creek systems and South Thompson River are receding, the North Thompson River will continue to rise over the next few days due to a localized rain event in the North Thompson.

Although river levels are expected to remain high, there are no current flood concerns. Residents are reminded to be cautious near river banks due to high flow and fast moving waters.

The City will continue to monitor river levels until water levels have receded to normal flow. Regular river level updates will be issued as conditions warrant.

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Media Contact:
Dan Sutherland, Emergency Program Coordinator
City of Kamloops