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FLOOD WATCH – High streamflow advisory issued for Thompson Rivers

North Thompson River banks can be dangerous right now. (Image: Mel Rothenburger)

The B.C. River Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for the North and South Thompson Rivers and all its tributaries.

A high streamflow advisory means river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is urging residents in low-lying areas to be on the alert for high water flows and to keep children and livestock away from unstable river banks, which are prone to sudden collapse. They should watch for debris flows that could damage pump intakes, culverts and bridges.

The River Forecast Centre also says Kamloops Lake may experience levels similar to when it flooded in 2012. Residents next to the lake should expect some shoreline flooding, and are advised to move equipment and other assets to higher ground where possible.

The TNRD is making sand and sandbags available for residents of Savona at the Savona Lakeshore Park in anticipation of rising lake levels.

Anyone noticing flooding in their area, or needing sand bags for protection of private property, can contact the Emergency Management B.C. 24-hour Emergency Co-ordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456, or go to http://www.gov.bc.ca/preparedbc for more information about flood preparedness.

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ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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