River Levels Continue to Rise

Release date: 
May 27, 2020

Kamloops, BC – The City of Kamloops continues to work closely with Emergency Management BC, the BC River Forecast Center, and Environment Canada to monitor river levels and flood projections for the Thompson Rivers.
We are expecting high water levels in the coming weeks as the rivers reach their peak heights. Current projections are predicting the rivers will peak at a level between what was experienced in the peak flood years of 1999 and 1972. Owners of property located along any watercourse should prepare for high water levels and protect their property accordingly. Sand and sand bags are available at locations throughout the City. For sandbag locations and tips on sandbagging, visit Kamloops.ca/Flooding.
The City will continue to take actions based our flood response plan. The River’s Trail between Riverside Park and Pioneer Park was closed this morning (May 27) as water is now covering the pathway. The portion of River's Trail through Riverside Park from Uji Gardens to Sandman Centre remains closed due to the deployment of flood protection measures. Riverside Park beach is closed to the public and will remain closed until water levels recede.
On Friday, May 29, the City will close the boat launches at Pioneer Park, McArthur Island, and Thompson Drive to protect boaters’ safety and to limit wave action on the river. Boating on local rivers is not recommended at this time due to large amounts of debris in the water. Anyone on the water is asked to use extreme caution and travel at idling speeds to prevent bank erosion. As river levels continue to rise, boat passage under the South Thompson River railway bridge may not be possible.
As waters rise, people are reminded to stay well back of flowing water and exercise extreme caution.