Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc has activated its emergency operations centre (EOC) as a precautionary measure to support flood preparedness as river levels pose a threat to breach banks in the coming days.
The band on June 22 moved its EOC to level 1— the lowest level — which entails monitoring dike levels and beginning select protection operations, including the stockpiling of sandbags if the need arises.,Tk’emlúps will be increasing the frequency of infrastructure inspections of its reserve dikes, which are constructed to one-in-200-year flood design standards, and is sealing catch basins.
On June 20, the City of Kamloops also activated its EOC, stating current river levels are expected to spike this week and are vulnerable to heavy rainfall in the forecast.
Extended cooler weather in April and May has left snowpack melt delayed by two to four weeks throughout the province.
“Continued significant risk for high freshet flows and rise of the North and South Thompson rivers over the short term is from potential heavy rain to fall on a melting snowpack,” the band stated in a release. It noted the June 1 snow basin for the North Thompson was 175 per cent of normal, while the South Thompson basin was157 per cent.
Tk’emlúps residents are reminded to stay away from creeks and rivers during freshet as high waters are extremely dangerous.
Sand and sandbags are available at the Tk’emlúps public works yard for residents looking to protect their properties and take precautions against rising waters.
To report flood-related concerns to the band, call 250-318-6400.