CVRD extends local state of emergency after last week’s flooding to Nov. 29 as flood support efforts continue in heavily impacted areas. Pictured is Russell Farm Market at the height of the flooding. (File photo)

CVRD extends local state of emergency after last week’s flooding to Nov. 29 as flood support efforts continue in heavily impacted areas. Pictured is Russell Farm Market at the height of the flooding. (File photo)

Cowichan Valley Regional District extends local state of emergency to Nov. 29

Flood support efforts continue in heavily impacted areas

A state of local emergency has been extended for the Cowichan Valley Regional District and some of its member communities as flood support efforts continue in heavily impacted areas.

The state of local emergency has been extended to Nov. 29, and applies to areas of the CVRD, the Municipality of North Cowichan, City of Duncan, Cowichan Tribes, Halalt First Nation and Penelakut Tribe.

Damage assessments have been conducted for 157 properties in the impacted areas in the region by staff from multiple jurisdictions.

As of Sunday night, only two properties assessed were deemed unsafe for re-entry and habitation, and 24 properties have restricted-use designations.

Flood-support centres run by Cowichan Tribes, Halalt First Nation, Penelakut Tribe and CVRD staff saw approximately 200 people attend over four days.

Environment Canada is forecasting significant rainfall for coastal British Columbia later this week, and residents of low-lying areas in the Cowichan region should be prepared for additional flooding.

Visit the Emergency Preparedness page of the CVRD website for more information and resources, and join the Alertable network to receive instant notifications of evacuation alerts and orders, road closures and other relevant information on your smart device.

Residents should also check the CVRD website and social media channels for up-to-date information.

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