City of Kamloops once again closes boat launches

The decision was made via consultation with Emergency Management BC, the BC River Forecast Centre and Environment Canada after recent steady rain led to the water levels in the Thompson rivers to rise, creating unsafe boating conditions.

They were open, then closed, then reopened.

And, as of June 25, boat launches in Kamloops are again close due to rising river levels.

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In a press release sent out on Thursday morning, the City of Kamloops has announced the three launches — at McArthur Island, in Pioneer Park and on Thompson Drive in Valleyview — are now closed for the foreseeable future.

The decision was made via consultation with Emergency Management BC, the BC River Forecast Centre and Environment Canada after recent steady rain led to the water levels in the Thompson rivers to rise, creating unsafe boating conditions.

“This has been an unusual freshet season that has been very challenging to predict" said Greg Wightman, the city’s utility services manager. "However, we continue to work our flood plan and respond accordingly to changes in weather and river level projections."

Residents in low-lying areas are reminded to protect their properties. Sand and sandbags are available at fire stations throughout the city. Information on locations and sandbagging techniques can be found at Kamloops.ca/Flooding. Residents are also asked to stay well back from waterways as banks may be unstable.

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