City of Kamloops confirms flooding downtown originated from broken city water main

Colder than normal temperatures are blamed for the water leak

The City of Kamloops has confirmed a flooding event downtown on Thursday night originated from a city water main at the northeast corner of Columbia Street and Fourth Avenue.

The water pouring into the streets was originally thought to have originated from the Ministry of Forests building behind the Kamloops Law Courts.

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However, city utility services manager Greg Wightman confirmed late Thursday night that the source of the water leak is a city main, which ruptured due to the ongoing colder than normal temperatures.

Wightman said Interior Health has reported that Ponderosa Lodge has sustained some water damage, while nearby Glenfair Estates has had its water supply temporarily halted, though that building did not experience flooding.

“City street crews have been working on clearing the water and ice from these streets and will continue to monitor the roads throughout the night,” Wightman said. “However, drivers should use caution when in the area.”

Wightman said the city expects the situation to be resolved by Friday morning.

Meanwhile, a restoration company was at Ridgeview Lodge on Desmond Street in Brocklehurst on Thursday night. Water from a suspected burst pipe in the Baltic building led to staff moving residents to other floors.

© Kamloops This Week


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