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When contemplating Mother Nature’s fury that visited various locales in B.C. on the weekend, the flood threat facing Kamloops seems like but a drop in the bucket of worry.
The Thompson rivers will rise some more this week before levels start to recede.
There has been and will continue to be localized flooding and seepage in some waterfront homes but, fortunately so far, Kamloops has escaped the natural disasters that have plagued other communities in B.C. during this soggy end to spring and drenched dawning of summer.
A flash flood in Sicamous on the weekend destroyed homes and damaged streets and bridges, resulting in a state of emergency being enacted.
A mudslide near Revelstoke closed Highway 1.
And, near Nelson, a 71-year-old man drowned after a bridge washed away.
In Kamloops, nothing as ferocious has occurred, despite the monsoon-like rain that pounded the city on Saturday, June 23.
Aside from providence, Kamloops has also benefitted from a first-class response to the emerging crisis in the form of city staff.
Those in charge of the Kamloops Emergency Operations Centre have been flawless in responding to problem areas — erecting fencing in Riverside Park and lining gabion baskets along the Rivers Trail.
They have also excelled in the art of getting the word out via media, holding regular press conferences to provide updates on the flood-watch situation so residents know what is happening and know where to go and who to call for help.