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City focuses on flood cleanup, tallying property damage

The downpour on Wednesday flooded the parking lot at Riverside Park.
July 24, 2014 - 2:17 PM

KAMLOOPS – While the flooding may have stopped, the City of Kamloops now has cleanup to worry about after buckets of rain scattered debris and poured through several buildings around town – including City Hall.

“I don’t know the extent of (the damage),” City of Kamloops Manager Mike Firlotte says about the flooding at the municipal building. “There was definitely some water that got in.”

Firlotte says he dispatched all the personnel he had to various locations throughout the city.

“Everybody’s out there that I have,” he says. “It’s probably still not enough but we’re trying to get everything we can.”

Operations crews are checking electrical pump stations, while street crews are clearing debris off sidewalks, grills, and roadways. Members are using a city truck to vacuum the puddles of water scattered throughout the city.

Some roads required asphalt repair. A few drainage channels were damaged by wood and rock. Firlotte says he is still documenting property damage and doesn’t have a total amount yet.

City Hall wasn’t the only municipal locale with water damage. Mike Adams with Kamloops Fire Rescue says the Sahali Fire Hall experienced a bit of flooding.

“It didn’t impact our operations at all,” Adams says with a laugh “We’re just doing a bit of tidy up,”

As with the City, all of Kamloops Fire Rescue resources were deployed during the flood. Adams says crews and other agencies rescued a child from the river, helped those stranded in their vehicles and responded to trees falling from lightning strikes and flooding in residential homes.

“Thankfully it doesn’t appear that there are any reported injuries that we’re aware of,” Adams said.

Sarah Gerow from the SPCA on 8 Street also reports the animals there are alive and well despite water coming down from the roof tiles into one of the kennels.

“A couple cats got a bit wet,” she said. “We came through (the storm) pretty well.”

Gerow said the SPCA staff members are grateful for all the inquiries they received from concerned residents.

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