City of Kamloops continues to work on water main breaks

Freezing temperatures blamed for the incidents

Repair work continues Friday on a water main that ruptured on Thursday evening on Columbia Street, between Ponderosa Lodge and the Kamloops Law Courts.

Greg Wightman, the city’s utility services manager, said heavy frost hampered efforts on Thursday night, making excavation difficult.

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He said crews located the break at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

Wightman said both breaks proved difficult to access. The one at the courthouse was found on Friday and crews were working in the early afternoon to repair it.

“It’s been a bit of a challenge getting down to these things,” Wightman said.

“But we have found them and the crews have excavated down to the [downtown] break.”

Wightman blamed recent frigid temperatures. Daily lows in Kamloops have been hovering around the -20 C mark for nearly a week.

“It’s cold weather,” he said. “Any time we see these temperatures down to about -20 C, you can start to see issues like this.”

While repair work is being done, Glenfair Estates and two nearby provincial government buildings are without water, with their offices closed for the day.

The water main break led to flooding issues in Ponderosa Lodge and saw water flow onto Columbia Street between Third and Fourth avenues, with crews working overnight to keep the roads as clear as possible.

Wightman said motorists should drive with caution in the area.

Meanwhile, another water main break occurred on Greenstone Drive between Bestwick Drive and Pyramid Court in Lower Sahali.

Wightman said crews are locating and repairing this break. The shutdown of that water main will impact approximately 20 houses in the area, resulting in periodic water service interruptions on Friday.

There have been a number of significant leaks around Kamloops during the cold snap, including one on Thursday at Ridgeview Lodge in Brocklehurst and another on Monday at the Staples building in Dufferin.

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