State of emergency declared in Kamloops due to flash floods

Dec 19 2017, 3:57 pm

The City of Kamloops has declared a state of emergency due to flash floods from a torrential downpour on Tuesday, they said in a statement.

The emergency declaration will allow the city to assess damaged properties and get utilities back in operational order as the B.C. Safety Authority begins inspecting homes.

City official Tammy Robertson told CBC that water levels in parts of the city are dangerously high.

“The reports I received from those that were responding was that it was up to two to three feet in some low-lying areas, so it was quite significant,” she said.

An emergency shelter has been set up for those who were forced out of their homes at Oakdale Mobile Home Park, located on Westsyde Road.

City crews were working throughout the night pumping water out of the most devastated areas.

Environment Canada is expecting hot and dry weather for the next few days, so the City of Kamloops is hoping to lift the declaration as soon as possible.

Twitter user Jamie Rye documented the flood as it happened: