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Summer storms lead to review of Kamloops watershed

June 15, 2015 - 8:00 PM

KAMLOOPS – A major storm in July 2014 ravaged Peterson Creek and other areas of Kamloops and now the city is reviewing the watershed plans to ensure everything possible is being done to protect those areas.

The July 23, 2014, storm came in fast and hard, causing flash flooding of city roads, underpasses and trails as well as private properties. As a result of the damage, the Peterson and Guerin Creeks master drainage plans, last updated in 1980, are now being reviewed.

Both creeks are considered high priority under the city's current storm water management plan. At this phase in the plan professional consulting services, at a cost of about $180,000, are deemed necessary.

Existing infrastructure and weaknesses related to climate change will be evaluated and work will be done to identify gaps in infrastructure maintenance versus funding. Pipes, manholes, channels and culverts will all be taken into consideration as well as conventional and green stormwater management.

More than $1 million in emergency repairs were completed following the storm and total damage to city infrastructre was initially estimated at $3 million.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Dana Reynolds at dreynolds@infonews.ca or call 250-819-6089. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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