Repair work to start soon on damaged dike

By CFJC Today
April 3, 2017 - 6:00pm

KAMLOOPS — The City of Kamloops has declared a state of local emergency due to damage on the South Thompson river bank near Thompson Drive in Valleyview.

Public Works and Utilities Director Jen Fretz says the declaration allows the city to act with more urgency in addressing the problem before the spring melt is in full swing.

Fretz says the city wants to complete this work quickly, because it's not known how soon the water level will begin rising, or how fast it will rise.

"We partnered with the province to make sure the work will get done. The reason the City of Kamloops declared the local state of emergency is to ensure that if there is anything that we need to do about crossing neighbouring properties — removing brush or trees for example — in order to get to the dike to effect the repair," explained Fretz. 

Fretz adds it is anticipated the repair work could begin later this week, and the city is still unsure as to what caused the damage to the dike.

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