Kamloops residents battle flood waters

Kamloops residents battle flood waters

Kamloops is one of many interior communities overcome with flooding.

  • May. 8, 2017 9:12 a.m.

— Kamloops this Week

While City of Kamloops crews were kept busy on Saturday responding to various flooding incidents, rising creek levels continued to cause significant damage in Cherry Creek, five minutes west of the city, while water kept creating concern around the area.

The city has reported the bank at Noble Creek in the 6200-block of Westsyde Road has been temporarily repaired and water returned to its natural course. Public works crews have cleared the roadway and Westsyde Road has reopened.

Heffley Creek Water Works District is continuing the repair effort on the ruptured water main in Heffley Creek. Potable water is being provided to affected residents at Heffley Creek elementary until water service can be restored, at which point a boil water advisory will be in effect. The damaged culvert under Old Highway 5 has caused a portion of the road to collapse south of the Heffley Creek Store, which is at the turnoff to Sun Peaks Resort.

The road is closed until repairs can be made.

City crews are also working at Campbell Creek, where high water flows forced the closure of Barnhartvale Road. Crews are pumping water in an effort to mitigate damage to infrastructure. Sandbags and sand have been provided to residents in the area.

An area of Cherry Creek just minutes west of Kamloops has been ordered evacuated due to flooding.

The TNRD issued the evacuation order, and an associated evacuation alert for nearby properties, along with a declaration of a local state of emergency.

Engineer Jeremy Cooke, a director at Kamloops’ AC Eagle Enterprises Ltd., toured the area on Saturday to check on various dams and to record water levels.