Further Flood Mitigation Efforts Underway
Kamloops, BC – The City of Kamloops is taking further actions to protect critical infrastructure from rising flood waters. Hesco flood barriers will be deployed this morning on McArthur Island between the park entrance on MacKenzie Avenue and the park entrance on 12th Street. Island Parkway, commonly known as McArthur Island Ring Road, is currently closed to traffic between MacKenzie Avenue and 12th Street and is likely to remain closed for several weeks until waters recede.
The parking lot behind the Sandman Center will be closed as of June 3 until further notice due to the installation of flood barriers.
Closures of the River’s Trail remain in effect from the Uji Gardens in Riverside Park to Pioneer Park. The beach at Riverside Park is also closed due to high water and safety concerns.
The City continues to monitor river levels and forecasts on a daily basis. Current river predictions are calling for river levels similar to what was experienced in 1999.
Owners of property along the Thompson Rivers should take measures to protect their homes from high waters. Sand and sand bags are available to the public at locations throughout the City. For the locations of these supplies and other flooding related information visit Kamloops.ca/Flooding.
Please use caution if you must be near the river’s edge. People should remain well back of the river’s edge due to the high, fast-flowing water.