City of Kamloops Demobilizing Flood Mitigation Efforts

Release date: 
July 24, 2020

Kamloops, BC – As river levels continue to recede, the City is has begun the demobilization of the temporary flood protection measures around the city.

Earlier this week, the flood protection barriers (Hesco baskets) at McArthur Island Park were removed. Starting today and into next week, the Hesco baskets at Riverside Park will also be removed. Park users are asked to use caution when in the area due to presence of large construction equipment. The closed portions of Riverside Park, including the beach, pier and River’s Trail, will reopen as the barriers come down.

Crews are in the process of removing flood-protection bags covering catch basins in low-lying areas of the city. They will also begin removing the supply of sand and sandbags from various sites around the city where they were previously available.

Starting this weekend, residents who received sand and sand bags from the City during freshet will be able to take sand and sandbags to Mission Flats or Barnhartvale landfills free of charge. Sand needs to be separated from the bags, which can also be disposed of for free. Residents may ask landfill attendants for direction on disposal.