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Freshet Response Update

Posted on: June 22, 2022

As a precautionary measure to support freshet preparedness Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc has activated its Emergency Operations Centre to level 1.

This allows TteS to actively monitor dike levels and to begin select protection operations including the stockpiling of sandbags if the need arises.

North and South Thompson Rivers
Due to extended cooler weather in April and May, snow pack melt has been delayed by two to four weeks throughout the province. June 1st 2022 snow pack throughout BC is above normal.

North Thompson Snow Basin: 175% of Normal
South Thompson Snow Basin: 157% of Normal

Continued significant risk for high freshet flows and rise of the North and South Thompson Rivers over the short-term is from potential heavy rain to fall on a melting snow pack.

Summary
TteS Dykes are constructed to one-in-200-year flood design standards.

TteS will be increasing the frequency of infrastructure inspections of IR#1 dikes and sealing of catch basins.

Residents are reminded to stay away from creeks and rivers during freshet as high waters are extremely dangerous.

Resources
To report flood-related concerns, call TteS Public Works at 250-318-6400

ARGO Road Maintenance (Kamloops Service Area)
Provincial highways located on reserve include East Shuswap Road.
Please report all concerns to Argo Road maintenance’s 24-hour call-in number:
1 800 661-2025
argokam@argoroads.ca

Sand bags
Sand and sandbags are available at TteS Public Works yard to residents looking to protect their properties and take precautions against rising waters:
762 East Athabasca Street

Community Sandbag Volunteers
Those interested can register their interest in assisting with the preparation of sandbags.
To volunteer contact:

Shane Wardrobe
TteS Emergency Operations Coordinator
236-597-9844
June and July (24-7, on-call as needed)

TteS will continue to provide updates on water levels and flood preparation activities as necessary.

For additional information regarding City of Kamloops flood protection efforts, go online to: www.kamloops.ca/flooding


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