City repairing dike in Valleyview

The City of Kamloops has issued a declaration of state of local emergency to access provincial money to help fund repairs to a portion of the dike in Valleyview that protects residents from the South Thompson River.

Jen Fretz, the city's public works director, said repairs need to be made to the dike along Thompson Drive, at 2456, 2462 and 2472 addresses on the street.

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She said crews need to ensure the dike along Thompson Drive is ready for freshet, the rise in river levels caused by rain and melting snow each spring.

Engineering, planning, and repairs to the dike will take approximately two to three weeks to complete.

"The declaration is a procedural step to allow this preventative work to take place," Fretz said. "The city is working in co-operation with the province to ensure that there aren't any issues during freshet."

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