KAMLOOPS – City of Kamloops officials are on their toes today dealing with the moving Ramage Road hillside, rising water levels in Barnhartvale, road closures in Cherry Creek and flooding in Westsyde.
The recent rainfall is to blame, according to a release from the City.
Crews installed piping in the problem hillside near Ramage Road and hopes it will prevent future negative effects from rain, the release says.
Water levels on Campbell Creek in Barnhartvale remain high and rose higher overnight. Traffic workers stationed in the area will work around the clock. About 6,500 sandbags have been distributed to locals.
Noble Creek in Westsyde breached its banks in the 6200 block of Westsyde Road at 7:30 a.m. today, May 5. No houses or infrastructure are threatened by the overflow. City workers delivered sandbags as a precaution. Tammy Robertson with the City says they have no safety concerns for the area.
In the midst of the flooding, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District has opened their Emergency Operations Centre and closed several roads. Rodeo Drive in Cherry Creek is closed. Updates on detours and access roads will be released as soon as they are available.
Debbie Sell with the regional district says in a release there have been no mandatory or voluntary evacuations yet.
Emergency response agencies are coordinating efforts to support residents in the area, Sell says. More information will be released later today.
The regional district is instructing residents to evacuate immediately if they find themselves in imminent danger.
Residents should call the Emergency Operations Centre at 1-866-377-7188 for more information, or sandbagging supplies.
Check Drive B.C. for the latest on road closures and conditions.
— This story was updated at 11:50 a.m. and 12:26 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017 to include new information.
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