July 2, 2015
Local State of Emergency Update
Kamloops, B.C. – The City of Kamloops would like to correct the media release issued on Wednesday, July 1st that declared the Local State of Emergency rescinded. The Local State of Emergency is still in effect. The evacuation orders have been rescinded.
The purpose of the Declaration of Local Emergency is to ensure that City staff can exercise certain authorities for the inspection and repair of damage to City infrastructure caused by the rain event on June 30th. This authorization includes, but is not limited to, the ability to enter onto private property to respond to or alleviate the effects of an emergency or disaster.
This Declaration will remain in effect for seven days following its issue on June 30th, and may be extended as necessary. The City Emergency Operations Centre remains operational at Level 2 in order to coordinate emergency services and recovery efforts.
Fortis BC and BC Hydro have reconnected services to the affected areas, with the exception of a few properties. These properties have been notified. Residents are reminded that they will need to have their gas appliances reignited by a gas contractor.
The City continues to work closely with the Province of BC. The Province has confirmed that Disaster Financial Assistance may be available to those who sustained damage to their properties. Residents are asked to:
- First check with their insurance company to determine if their current insurance policy covers losses.
- Second, visit the Province's Disaster Financial Assistance Program.
The City of Kamloops thanks residents for their cooperation and patience during the recent rain event. For additional information, please call the Public Works Center at 250-828-3461.
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Quinn Savage, Information Officer
City of Kamloops