Each year Kamloops deals with the threat of flooding from the North and South Thompson Rivers. The flood potential in any given year depends on the snow pack level within watersheds and warm spring weather.
The impact of high river levels in Kamloops is substantial, with 2,500 properties lying within the 20 year flood plain, and 6,300 properties affected by the 200 year flood levels. Snow pack and river levels are monitored constantly.
Preparing for Snowmelt and Spring Flood Prevention
During the spring melt, here are some tips to protect your home:
- Residents are encouraged to keep any catch basins or other drainage infrastructure clear of snow, ice or other debris.
- Shovel snow away from the foundation of your home and window wells to prevent seepage into your basement.
- If you are moving or piling snow, check furnace and exhaust vents to make sure snow and ice are not blocking them. Carbon monoxide can build up within your home as a result.
- Ensure your downspouts (eavestroughs) are clear and pointed away from your home/foundation.
- If you see pooled water on a roadway, be careful – don’t drive through deep water as you can’t see potentials risks or conditions that might be unsafe.
- Check the function of your sump pump.
- Clean out your back flow prevention valve which should be cleaned every 6 months.