Flood update and recovery

(North Cowichan, BC) – The day following record-breaking rain across the province, North Cowichan is underway with recovery efforts. Most roads closed during the peak of flooding on Monday are now open, with a few exceptions. Damage assessments are underway and priority is for critical roads and infrastructure. The flood gate on Lakes Road reopened at approximately 8am today (Nov 16).

The following roads in North Cowichan remain closed:

  • Canada Ave (Philip St to Co-op Gas Station)
  • Mays Rd to local traffic only (between Herd Rd & Relke Rd)
  • Mary/Philip St (at Bings Creek between Islay & George )

“This rain and flood was one of the worst recorded, both here and around the province, and I want to thank residents and businesses for their patience and resilience over these past two days,” said Mayor Al Siebring. “I also want to recognize staff who worked around the clock to keep roads and utilities open and safe.”

Genoa Bay Rd is single-lane alternating traffic at two locations (near the Maple Bay Marina, and 150 metres north of Genoa Bay village). Caution is advised on Chemainus Road by Crofton Road due to damaged shoulders. Westholme Road is still covered in water, though it is receding.

Crews are now out assessing damage to roads, critical infrastructure, and parks and trails.

A State of Local Emergency has been declared for parts of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, including North Cowichan. Full details at https://www.cvrd.ca/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2347

  • A reception centre for evacuated residents has been established at the Cowichan Community Centre.

Follow DriveBC for updates to highway and major roads, Alertable for road and weather updates, and North Cowichan (@NorthCowichan) social media channels for local information.

Updated road closure map (click to enlarge):


Media Contact:         
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan