City of Kamloops Closes Boat Launches

Release date: 
June 25, 2020

The City of Kamloops continues to work closely with Emergency Management BC, the BC River Forecast Centre, and Environment Canada to monitor river levels and flood projections for the Thompson Rivers. Due to the rivers rising as result of recent rain events, the City will be closing boat launches for the foreseeable future. The boat launches at Pioneer Park, McArthur Island, and Thompson Drive are now closed as the rivers are unsafe for boating.   

“This has been an unusual freshet season that has been very challenging to predict" said Greg Wightman, Utility Services Manager for the City of Kamloops. "However, we continue to work our flood plan and respond accordingly to changes in weather and river level projections."

Residents in low-lying areas are reminded to protect their properties. Sand and sandbags are available at fire stations through the city. Information on locations and sandbagging techniques can be found at Kamloops.ca/Flooding. Residents are also asked to stay well back from waterways as banks may be unstable.

The City of Kamloops will continue to update residents on flood protection efforts as conditions change.