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Rapid snow melt keeping Kamloops crews busier than usual

February 17, 2017 - 2:23 PM

KAMLOOPS - City of Kamloops crews are being flooded with calls after the snow around the city rapidly melted this week.

The public works and utilities department says in a media release they are still responding to public calls for service.

Crews began preparing for the melt nearly two weeks prior to it starting, the release says, which included scheduling crews over the Family Day long weekend.

According to the release, crews have been aiming to open catch basins, rock pits and other drainage to ensure the snow melt is able to flow properly. On top of the recent high daytime temperatures, there have been high overnight temperatures which has resulted in a very quick melt.

"Crews have been feverishly working around the clock for the past two days and nights to respond to the high volume of calls for service," the release says. "Utility Services crews are prioritizing calls as they are received and responding as soon as possible."

The city says there are more than 6,500 catch basins in the city and residents are being asked to clear any catch basins on their streets to make sure the melting snow can drain.

If you experience flooding or snow melt concerns, you're asked to call the public works and utilities department at 250-828-3461.

If you need sand and sandbags, you can bring a shovel to the following fire halls:

  • Fire Station No. 2 - 1578 Tranquille Road
  • Fire Station No. 3 - 1625 Valleyview Drive
  • Fire Station No. 4 - 615 Porterfield Road
  • Fire Station No. 6 - 5300 Dallas Drive

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