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City of Kamloops activates emergency operations centre

The precautionary measure was taken on June 20 as river levels are expected to spike this week and are vulnerable to heavy rainfall in the forecast

The City of Kamloops has activated its emergency operations centre as a precautionary measure as the risk of flooding looms.

The city issued a press release on Monday afternoon (June 20) in advance of a Tuesday morning media briefing, stating current river levels are expected to spike this week and are vulnerable to heavy rainfall in the forecast.

“With rainfall forecasted for the headwaters of both river systems, the City of Kamloops is activating its Emergency Operations Centre to a Level 1,” the press release states. “This is a precautionary measure that enables the city to respond quickly should the situation worsen and allows access to additional resources as needed.”

Over the weekend, the BC River Forecast Centre upgraded the South Thompson River to flood watch. On Sunday night, the river had reached the grassy park area of Pioneer Park, with no beach visible. The North Thompson had already been on flood watch.

City staff are in daily communication with Emergency Management BC, the BC River Forecast Centre, Environment and Climate Change Canada and neighbouring First Nations and local governments.

Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian is reminding residents that the city protects public property and infrastructure and that private property owners are responsible for their own flood protection measures.

Residents are asked to stay away from the river during this time, due to safety concerns.

Sandbags are available at  Kamloops fire halls. For more information on flood preparedness, visit https://www.kamloops.ca/public-safety/emergency-preparedness/flooding.