Boat launches closed

High water is forcing the City of Kamloops to close several boat launches.

Lunches at Pioneer Park, McArthur Island and Thompson Drive will close at 10 p.m. Thursday due to the high river levels.

Boating on local rivers is not recommended at this time due to large amounts of debris in the water. Anyone on the water is asked to use extreme caution and travel at idling speeds to prevent bank erosion.

As river levels continue to rise, boat passage under the South Thompson railway bridge may not be possible.  

High water levels have also forced the city to close the Rivers Trail between Riverside Park and Pioneer Park, the pier at Riverside Park, to turn off pathway lighting from the Riverside Park pier to Sandman Centre, and covering catch basins to prevent river water from backing up onto roadways.

“At this point, we are expecting to see the rivers rise to approximately the same levels as last year,” said Greg Wightman, utility services manager for the City.

Residents in low-lying areas are reminded to protect their properties. Sand and sandbags are available at fire stations through the city.


Two wildfires growing

UPDATE 8:12 a.m.

Two wildfires in the Kamloops Wildfire Region are growing in size and both appear to have been human-caused. 

Information posted on the BC Wildfire website states the Xusum Creek fire is roughly 25 hectares, while the larger of the two, the Allie Lake fire is now 60 hectares. 

An evacuation alert has been issued for residents living closed to the Xusum Creek fire, which is approximately 35 km west of Lillooet.
The Allie Lake fire is near the perimeter of the 2017 Elephant Hill fire. Smoke from that fire is visible from several communities throughout the region.

UPDATE: 9 p.m. May 23, 2018

A wildfire at Avery Hill, about 55 kilometres northwest of Kamloops is burning out of control Wednesday.

Fire information officer Brenna Ward said the fire is estimated to be 60 hectares and is rank 3 and 4.

"Some candling along the perimeter and short range spotting," she said. "Not necessarily getting into the top of the trees but is still fairly active."

No structures are being threatened but the location is very close to one of the largest wildfires in 2017.

“The Avery Hill fire is located near the site of the 2017 Elephant Hill Fire,” she said. 

Numerous local residents contact BC Wildfire Service Wednesday afternoon after seeing lots of smoke.

“The fire is producing a significant amount of smoke," said Ward. "We did receive several calls from local residents this afternoon about the fire because how much smoke it is producing.”

UPDATE: 7:40 p.m.

Wildfire crews and aircraft are responding to an over 50 hectare wildfire on Wednesday night. 

The fire is about 55 kilometres northwest of Kamloops, near Deadman Vidette Road.

"The fire is near the perimeter of the 2017 Elephant Hill fire," said BC Wildfire Service.

Smoke is visible from several communities throughout the region.

ORIGINAL: 7:30 p.m.

Crews are responding to a new wildfire in northwest of Kamloops on Wednesday.

BC Wildfire Service said the fire was noted on Wednesday near Deadman Vidette Road, west of a town called Criss Creek.

The suspected cause of the fire, which has not been confirmed, is by a person.

A request for information has been placed by Castanet to the Kamloops Fire Centre.

Smash-up derby

UPDATE 7:45 a.m.

RCMP in Kamloops no indicate a driver who went on a smash-up spree was also targeting at least five banks.

Police say the first 911 calls started coming in at about 8:30 p.m. as witnesses reported a pickup truck was backing up and smashing into several Kamloops businesses.

The truck fled and the driver also rammed a police cruiser that was trying to pull it over, before officers moved in.

The damage is still being tallied but a total of five banks were vandalized, no one was hurt.

ORIGINAL 6:45 a.m.

A Kamloops driver is expected to appear in court today after being caught red-handed purposely driving into buildings on the holiday Monday.

Kamloops RCMP responded to numerous 911 calls just after 8:30 p.m. Monday. One caller reported that a vehicle had backed into the windows of a business located on Columbia Street, then fled the scene.

Calls kept coming in, reporting a similar pattern with the same vehicle smashing into other businesses.

RCMP managed to locate the vehicle in the downtown area but before the driver could be apprehended he smashed into the police cruiser in an attempt to flee. Officers managed to stop the vehicle and arrested a lone male driver, who was taken into custody.
Total damage caused by the driver of the vehicle is still being assessed as there were multiple locations.


Fire forces evacuation

Friday night at approximately 9 p.m., emergency crews were called to a brush fire in the 3000 block of Shuswap Drive.

“BC Wildfire Crews attended and quickly brought the fire under control and crews remained on scene overnight to monitor,” said Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Kelly Butler.

“Due to the proximity of the fire to Country View Estates mobile home park, residents were evacuated as a precaution until the fire was confirmed as being under control.”

All residents have since returned.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Police crash into each other

Two Kamloops police officers crashed into each other while responding to another police officer in trouble last night. 

The crash happened about 10:20 p.m.

RCMP say a police vehicle travelling northbound on 5th Avenue and a second police vehicle travelling westbound on Victoria Street collided at the intersection while responding to the call. 

Nobody else was involved.

Out of an abundance of caution, the officers involved were assessed at the hospital but later released.

Watercraft collide on river

An injured rider drifted downstream in the South Thompson River after a collision between two personal watercraft on Thursday.

Paramedics, firefighters and Kamloops RCMP are still on the scene near the 770 Block of Shuswap Road.

The collision happened on the water about 3:15 p.m., says RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.

One of the riders was located immediately, the other drifted downstream before being found. 

Both suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Bait and switch scam

A 93-year-old woman was the victim of a bait-and-switch crime in Kamloops. 

The elderly woman was waiting at a bus stop at Columbia Street and
10th Avenue when a car stopped and a woman got out of the vehicle. 

The woman from the car began speaking in a foreign language to the elderly woman while motioning to a cheap necklace in her hand. 

The woman from the car motioned for the elderly woman to put the cheap necklace around her neck. 

The elderly woman told her that she did not want the necklace, but the woman placed it on her anyway and while doing, she took the senior’s expensive necklace off of her.

After the woman got the expensive necklace, she left the cheap necklace around the elderly woman's neck and jumped back into the car. 

A man was driving the car and there appeared to be a child or a small adult in the back seat.

The only description given was that both the woman and the male driver had dark hair and dark complexions. 

The vehicle was an older dark-coloured model.

"This is the only theft of this kind that has been reported to the Kamloops RCMP. However, should this situation happen to you, be very firm and say no to having the person put any jewelry on you," explained Cpl. Jodie Shelkie. "If they persist, yell loudly to get the attention of people around you. If you have a cell phone, call the police."

If you have any information about this theft please contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000. If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Kamloops rivers rising

High water levels in the Thompson rivers have activated the City of Kamloops’ flood response plan.

Wednesday, the City closed the Rivers Trail between Riverside Park and Pioneer Park.

Today, crews will be closing the pier at Riverside Park, turning off pathway lighting from the Riverside Park pier to Sandman Centre, and covering catch basins in low-lying areas with large flood protection bags to prevent river water from backing up onto roadways.

The City continues to monitor river flows and modelling information from the BC River Forecast Centre and expects river levels to moderately increase over the long weekend.

Residents in low-lying areas are reminded to protect their properties. Sand and sandbags are available at fire stations through the city.

Information on locations and sandbagging techniques can be found online. www.kamloops.ca/flood. Residents are also asked to stay well back from waterways as banks may be unstable.

Boat launches are expected to remain open for the long weekend, however boaters should use extreme caution as there are large amounts of debris in the water.

Boaters are also asked to limit speed on waterways to avoid large wakes which can contribute to bank erosion. As river levels continue to rise, boat passage under the South Thompson railway bridge may not be possible.

Evac order lifted for some

The evacuation order for several properties in the Tompson-Nicola Regional District has been lifted.

  • 125 Marshall Road
  • Three units (10, 11, and 13) in Guichon Creek Home Park located at 311 Merritt-Spences Bridge Hwy 8
  • 5160 and 5168 Beaton Road

The risks of flooding has diminished, but the TNRD will leave an evacuation alert in effect. 

 "Residents should be prepared to evacuate with limited notice," stated the regional district in a press release.

Hwy 5A opens at crash site

UPDATE: 5:30 a.m.

DriveBC and RCMP report the crash scene reopened to traffic about 12:12 a.m.

UPDATE: 9:20 p.m.

Drive BC said the estimated time of Highway 5A reopening is now pushed back an hour.

A collision involving a car and motorcycle closed the route 20 kilometres south of Kamloops and won't open until 11 p.m. 

A detour has been set up on via Highway 5.

ORIGINAL: 7:12 p.m.

Highway 5A is closed after a collision involving a car and motorcycle on Wednesday.

Kamloops RCMP said the incident occurred near Campbell Creek Road before 6 p.m.

“The public’s assistance in finding an alternate route is greatly appreciated,” said Sgt. Sascha Fesenko.

The highway will be closed for the next three to five hours while police conduct their investigation.

It is not clear the extent of injuries suffered to those in the vechile or what caused the collision.

DriveBC said Highway 5A is closed in both directions 20 km south of Kamloops and the estimated time of opening is 10 p.m.

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