KAMLOOPS – Lisa Fry and her husband have lived in their riverfront home for 15 years and are used to batting away the annual debris the Thompson River carries in, but they've never seen anything like what's washed up this year.
Right now, the Frys's dock on their Brocklehurst property is jammed up with logs and debris.
"We saw high water in 2012 and while the water didn't get as high this year, there's a lot of debris. Usually we deal with debris coming down and we push it away," Fry says. "Every year you hope for the best. This was just a bit much."
Yesterday evening around 5 p.m., Fry and her husband were standing on the dock trying to push away incoming logs when they spotted a large "island" of logs and debris floating in their direction. They knew they were no match. They retreated inland and now are waiting for a windstorm or current to pull it back out, hopefully without damaging the dock.
If the boat launches open soon, they will head out and try to pull it free with a boat.
Despite the pileup, the Frys know that's what can come with owning a riverfront property.
"I'm not putting the blame on anyone, it happens. It is what is, we are very blessed to live where we live," she says.
They even managed to find a silver lining.
"Right now it's a great little bird sanctuary and we've got birds floating and swimming around. There's beauty in everything. It's nobody's fault, it's just Mother Nature," she says with a laugh.
It's difficult to say where the pile came from. During these times of high water, it's common for debris to be pulled into the river by eroding riverbanks. A large log jam near the train bridge parallel to the Halston Avenue bridge were cleared by a crane yesterday, June 8 and may be where the 'island' came from.
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