City crews grapple with more flash flooding Friday night

By Vanessa Ybarra
May 6, 2017 - 10:47am Updated: May 6, 2017 - 5:11pm

KAMLOOPS, B.C. —    Two separate flooding incidents kept city crews busy Friday night.

According to Tammy Robertson, EOC Information Officer with the City of Kamloops,  Noble Creek breached its banks for a second time near the 6000 block of Westsyde Road at around 1:30 a.m

City crews spent most of the morning repairing and restoring the creek to its natural course.

Kinder Morgan officials were also called on site as the pipeline runs next to Noble Creek.

 "Of course they wanted to protect their infrastructure and wanted to make sure the flooding would not impact their line," said Robertson. "It's completely back under control and there's no flooding happening at the moment."

City crews also responded to a report of a road washout in Heffley Creek just after 3 a.m.

Robertson says Heffley Creek had breached its banks resulting in debris and water spilling onto the Old Yellowhead Highway, with a portion of the cliffside near the Heffley Creek Store washing away altogether.

The force of the water ended up breaking a water main above the creek, as well exposing a nearby gas line, with Kamloops Fire Rescue and Fortis BC called to the area to monitor the situation.

Drinking water isn't currently available to residents who are part of the Heffley Creek Water Works District.

The Old Yellow-Head Highway remains closed Saturday morning.

There's no word on when it will reopen. 

 

City crews continue to monitor creek levels throughout Kamloops

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