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UPDATED FLOOD WATCH 2017: Closed and washed out roads in the Kamloops area

High water caused disaster at the intersection of Highway 97C and Hwy 97D on May 5, 2017.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
May 12, 2017 - 4:45 PM

KAMLOOPS – The recent rainfall and snowmelt is wreaking havoc on properties near creeks and streams and many of our highways have not been spared. 

Rivers are running high, lakes are full and the threat of rising water continues through the coming weekend. It's important to remain vigilant and keep a safe distance from any moving water. In flood situations, large debris like broken bridges, rocks, logs and branches can jam culverts and crash into roads.

All of the Thompson and Thompson-Nicola District roads and highways listed below are closed or open to single-lane traffic, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The routes are either undergoing work, or currently under assessment.

  • Greenstone Mountain Road is closed and has lost 60 per cent of its surface.
  • Rodeo Drive is washed out and closed, but provisions will be made for local and emergency traffic.
  • Beaton Road is closed. There's water flowing over it and alternate access is available via Gardi Road.
  • Deadman Cache Creek Road in Savona is washed out at two locations on the west and east. The road is closed and a contractor confirms a forest service road as an alternate route for residents.
  • Deadman/Vidette Road in Savona is reduced to single lane at 2 kilometres and closed at 21 km. The road is eroded to the centre line at 2 km and washed out at 21 km.
  • Robins Range Road is closed with water flowing over it and in the ditch.
  • Campbell Creek Road is closed with shoulder erosion in several locations. The road is washed out 10 km northeast of Highway 5A.
  • Westsyde Road (North of McLure Ferry) is closed but passable with a 4x4 vehicle. Water is flowing over the road with minor shoulder erosion taking place.
  • Westsyde Road (South of McLure Ferry) is open to single-lane traffic and the road is slumped along the centerline.
  • Heffley Louis Creek Road is open with significant shoulder and ditch erosion. Maintenance crews are working to repair damage.
  • Tranquille Criss Creek Road is closed and washed out at 28 km with a geotechnical assessment underway.
  • Back Valley Road is closed due to flooding from Cache Creek in multiple areas.

The City of Kamloops also lists two roads still closed due to the high water:

  • Old Highway 5 is still closed due to a washout near the Heffley Creek corner store.
  • Barnhartvale Road remains closed near Campbell Creek due to flooding in that creek.

Drive B.C. lists two areas of concern in the region:

  • Highway 97D west of Logan Lake is open to single lane alternating traffic. Vehicles must not be more than 3.2 m wide.
  • Highway 97A between Grindrod and Sicamous is down to single lane alternating traffic due to a mudslide.

Check the rest of the B.C. Southern Interior flooding travel advisories here, or check Drive B.C. for the most up-to-date information.

If you know of any other roads in the Kamloops area closed due to flooding, please comment below.

- This story was changed at 6 p.m. on May 12 to correct the spelling of Westsyde Road. 

- This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. on May 13 with additional roads.


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