December 30, 2014 - 2:30 PM
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KAMLOOPS - A torrential downpour hit Kamloops fast and hard in July, flooding many parts of the city and causing a lot of damage.
With reports of much as 20 millimetres of rain falling in 20 minutes, meteorologist Doug Lundquist said the rate of rainfall was the big story of the storm.
Some drivers had to abandon their vehicles and get picked up by emergency personnel after the water blocked roadways.
The flood caused a rockslide on Highway 5 and at the south end of the Overlanders Bridge, and pulled debris from several construction sites. Water rushed through the streets and caused traffic concerns in many areas, including Notre Dame Drive and the 10 Avenue underpass downtown, while park areas became marshes that reeked of sewage.
Initial estimates peg the damages at roughly $3 million just for city-owned property. About $1 million of that was deemed essential because of safety concerns and has already been repaired though the city is still waiting to hear back about emergency funding from the province.
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