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2015 TOP STORIES: Kamloops headlines that got you talking

The vandalized blue piano was repurposed as a flower planter and sits half a block from its old location on Victoria Street
January 01, 2016 - 8:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - As the year comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on some of the stories that had some impact in and near the community of Kamloops. Here are some of the top stories for 2015.

 

THE WESTSYDE FLOOD

 A Westsyde neighbourhood was evacuated after a summer rain storm quickly turned into flash flooding. Residents of the Oak Dale trailer park suffered the greatest damage after the water rushed downhill and spread throughout the dirt roadways creating a mud pit.

 

THE CACHE CREEK FLOOD

The backhoe is stationed at the entrance of the municipality to scoop debris from the gully
The backhoe is stationed at the entrance of the municipality to scoop debris from the gully

Cache Creek also experienced flooding which damaged much of the village. Christy Clark dropped in when the town was in a state of emergency to offer assistance from the province. Many people’s gardens and drive ways were caked in sludge and many came together to help each other out - specifically seniors in the community.

 

SLIDE THE CITY

Image Credit: slidethecity.com

Slide the City was a new event to come to Kamloops with many signing up en masse to ride a giant slip and slide down Hlllside Drive. While locals enjoyed the event, many turned to social media to complain of longer wait times and a shorter ride than expected. Event organizers said the event could come back to the city in 2016.

 

KAMLOOPS NOW A WINE REGION

The Kamloops Wine Trail is getting highway signs to point visitors in the right direction.
The Kamloops Wine Trail is getting highway signs to point visitors in the right direction.
Image Credit: @PrivatoWine via Twitter

Joining other communities in the B.C. Interior, Kamloops became a full-fledged wine region this year with provincial signs listing it as part of the wine trail and the recently formed Kamloops Wineries Association.

 

THE DOWNTOWN PIANO

The vandalized blue piano was repurposed as a flower planter and sits half a block from its old location on Victoria Street
The vandalized blue piano was repurposed as a flower planter and sits half a block from its old location on Victoria Street

Community spirit shone bright after a man smashed the beloved blue piano downtown. Many offered the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association used pianos to replace the damaged instrument, the remains of which were turned into a planter. Eventually, the group settled on a new piano and painted it a bright shade of red. Since then, many have come together to play music on Victoria Street downtown.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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