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 City of Kamloops works closely with the BC River Forecast Centre and Emergency Management BC to monitor snow pack levels, snow melt, and water levels in local waterways. The river elevation is measured daily at Overlanders Bridge from April 1 to July 15.
July 14: City-owned boat launches will reopen as of Friday, July 15.
Residents are responsible for removal and disposal of used sandbags on their property following freshet. Residents who received sand and/or sandbags from the City during freshet will be able to take both 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
During the spring melt, here are some tips to protect your home:
- 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.