High water low bridge, boating hazard
Jul 4, 2012 / 12:22 pm
High water levels continue to be a problem for boaters in Kamloops.
The river will remain closed from the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers east to Pioneer Park, as boats are unable to travel under the CN Trestle.
Both the Kamloops Fire Rescue Boat and the RCMP watercraft, attempted to travel under the train bridge east of Riverside Park and were unsuccessful.
Sgt. Grant Learned says the high water and relative height to the deck of the train trestle continues to pose a significant navigational hazard to boaters.
However, the South Thompson from Pioneer Park east to Lafarge is open as is the North Thompson River.
The South Thompson River west from the confluence of the North and South Thompson to Kamloops Lake is also now open.
Learned says boaters are reminded to watch for debris in the river and to exercise care while traveling in or around any bridge structures and support pilings.
"River levels remain high and are expected to recede over the next week."
Once river levels are low enough to permit safe passage under the CN Trestle at Riverside Park, the river closure for that area will be reviewed.
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