CITY – State of emergency declared in response to Noble Creek erosion

Noble Creek irrigation system. (Image: CFJC Today file photo)

The City of Kamloops has declared a state of local emergency under the Emergency Program Act in response to erosion concerns threatening the Noble Creek Irrigation System intake.

Work will be done to protect the infrastructure and there is no threat to life, health, or safety, the City said in a news release today (May 12, 2023).

“Through declaration of a State of Local Emergency, the City of Kamloops will be able to install urgent erosion protection under the emergency works provisions within the Water Sustainability Regulation.

“Continued bank erosion near the Noble Creek Irrigation System intake has been worsened by the recent thawing of deep frost. Emergency works are intended to provide the minimum amount of protection required to prevent failure or loss and may be required to be removed following the event.”

The release said staff are working with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and representatives from Emergency Management and Climate Readiness, the Ministry of Forests, and engineering consultants to execute the work to ensure the project is completed “in a timely and effective matter.”

The State of Local Emergency went into effect at 10 a.m. today and is expected to be in place for about seven days.

Anyone with flood or erosion related concerns may call the City of Kamloops Civic Operations Call Center at 250-828-3461.

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1 Comment on CITY – State of emergency declared in response to Noble Creek erosion

  1. Likely a large sum will be spent with a “preferred contractor” without going to bid.
    The sum will be much, much larger than it would’ve been had the city called for tenders which is obviously not “possible” in this case since it has been declared an emergency…but not going for tender is now an axiom with the City of Kamloops and no one seemingly cares, but they should.

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