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.

Accident closes road

UPDATE 4:04 p.m.

RCMP said it is expected Parkcrest Avenue will be closed until at least 5 p.m. 

Motorists are being advised to avoid the intersection of Holt Street and Parkcrest Avenue because of an accident.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said at 2:15 p.m. a single vehicle hit a power pole at the intersection, causing a power line to come down and land on top of the vehicle.

“BC Hydro will be attending soon to remove the live power line and then the vehicle can be towed away,” said Shelkie. “At this time Parkcrest Avenue is closed between Singh and Southill to both vehicles and pedestrians.”

It is expected that the road will be open again at approximately 3 p.m.

Road reopened

After about 10 days, the 7200 block of Barnhartvale Road in Kamloops has now reopened.

The section of road was closed on May 5 due to Campbell Creek rising rapidly.

The city continues to work closely with the BC River Forecast Centre and Emergency Management BC to monitor snowpack levels, snow melt and water levels in local waterways.

Kamloops will continue to provide updates on water levels and flood preparation activities as needed.

Residents are reminded to exercise caution near waterways and high, fast-moving water.

Talk to your kids

Kamloops RCMP are advising the public to talk to their children about potentially dangerous situations after two boys were approached by a man last night. 

RCMP say the two 11-year-olds were riding their bikes on Parkcrest Avenue when an unknown male on a bike approached them and asked if they wanted to go for a ride. 

The boys quickly rode away and contacted a guardian who then contacted the police. 

Officers patrolled The area was searched but police were unable to find the man.

He is described as: 

  • Caucasian, 
  • approximately 30 years old 
  • bald 
  • wearing a brown ball cap 
  • blue t-shirt and tan/brown shorts 
  • He was riding a brown and grey mountain bike

Kamloops RCMP cannot say if this incident is suspicious or not but they say parents should talk to their children about what they should do in a situation like this. 

“In this situation, the boys did exactly what they should have,” stated Cpl. Jodi Shelkie. “They recognized that this was suspicious, then rode away from the man and contacted an adult.”

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