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UPDATE: Major sewer main break in downtown Kamloops contained, repaired

City of Kamloops crews worked overnight to contain a major sewer line break, Monday, Dec. 13, 2016.
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December 13, 2016 - 7:35 AM

KAMLOOPS - The City of Kamloops contained a major sewer line break last night. 

According to a release, the city used 11 sewage vacuum trucks to clean the mess and worked overnight to remove a 20-foot section of damaged pipe by 11:30 p.m. 

"The City would like to thank the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc who adapted their sewage lift pump station schedule to stabilize flows and residents for their assistance and patience with water reductions," City spokesperson Tammy Roberts says in an email.

She says crews tested the pipes before backfilling the hole, however it can't be paved until the weather is warmer so drivers should expect an uneven surface and gravel. All roads are now open.

"The damaged pipe was returned to the Public Works yard for inspection in hopes of determining the cause," Roberts says.

Crews on site today will determine if more cleanup efforts are required. Regular water use may resume. 

All residents east of the City’s downtown were impacted and were asked to reduce water use.

The break was near the intersection of Lorne Street and 10 Avenue and caused sewage to backup onto properties nearby. Lorne Street, 10 Avenue and River Street were closed.

While some sewage has made it into the river, it’s downstream from the city and Tk’emlups water intakes. The Ministry of Environment has been notified of the situation.

The City of Kamloops used 11 vacuum trucks to deal with a sewage spill after a main broke downtown, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.
The City of Kamloops used 11 vacuum trucks to deal with a sewage spill after a main broke downtown, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.
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