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Heffley Creek to remain under boil water advisory until road is repaired

This photo from May 20, 2017 shows part of the road at the Heffley Creek Store washed out by floods. The road is expected to be repaired next month, which would hopefully put an end to a months-long boil water advisory in the neighbourhood.
August 31, 2017 - 9:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - A boil water advisory that has been affecting Heffley Creek since one of its main roads was washed out in the spring is still in effect and will continue on for some time.

Debbie Smith with Heffley Creek Water Works District says after talks with Interior Health, administrators are hoping to see the advisory lifted some time in September at the earliest, since the work is expected to be completed in the winter.

Darren Crundwell, Capital Projects Manager with the City of Kamloops, says crews will likely begin work on the replacement bridge toward the end of September and hope to have it complete by late winter 2017 or early winter 2018.

Smith says the road is expected to undergo repairs and be replaced with a bridge. 

The neighbourhood of Heffley Creek was hit hard by floods this past spring. A culvert under Old Highway 5 and the road near the Heffley Creek Store were both damaged by the overflowing creek waters.

A state of local emergency was called in the neighbourhood in the middle of May due to flooding.

According to Interior Health's website, the boil water advisory has been in place since May 7, but it will be up to the water works to determine when to lift it.

Smith hopes once construction and repairs begin next month, they'll be able to reassess and determine when the advisory will be lifted.

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