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Flooding

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. 

Thompson River Level Chart

 

Sandbagging

The City may have sand and sandbags available at specified locations for residents during spring freshet. 

Residents are responsible for removal and disposal of used sandbags on their property following freshet. 

Keep Catch Basins Clear

Throughout the winter and spring melt, residents are encouraged to keep their catch basins cleared. Catch Catch Basinbasins, also known as storm drains, work similar to drains in homes and are located throughout Kamloops. When they get clogged with debris, they can back up and cause flooding. Residents can find the City-managed catch basins closest to their homes on the catch basin map. Some larger parcels of land in Kamloops may have their own drainage systems, which are not represented on the map.

  • Residents can help keep catch basins in good working order by keeping them free of snow, ice or other debris.
  • If you see a catch basin that is backed up, try clearing away debris. If it does not drain, please call the City at 250-828-3461.
  • Find the City-managed catch basin nearest your home.

Preparing for Snowmelt and Spring Flood Prevention

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.