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FLOOD WATCH 2017: Kamloops Emergency Operations Centre opens after heavy rain forecast

This section on Barnhartvale Road was completely washed out on May 8, 2017.
May 11, 2017 - 11:46 AM

KAMLOOPS – Officials are checking contingency plans and keeping a close eye on the local flooding situation in Kamloops that could get worse in the coming days.

The Emergency Operations Centre in Kamloops was activated this morning, May 11, and will review the water events that have been ongoing over the last week.

Staff are “at a heightened level of readiness” and will respond to what the forecasted rain brings, according to a City of Kamloops media release.

Over the past few days, water levels in Heffley Creek and Campbell Creek have lower flow and should be able to hold more water should significant rain fall, the City says.

The moving Palmer-Forsyth hillside near Ramage Road has slowed significantly since a pipe to divert water was installed. Geotechnical experts will be keeping an eye on the slope over the coming days.

The Emergency Operations Centre is staffed 24-hours per day over the weekend and will respond to flooding or rain damage.

The City asks anyone affected by high water to “continue efforts to protect their properties” and to stay well away from rivers, creeks and waterways.

Find past stories on spring flooding here.

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