Flood update Nov 23

North Cowichan flood update and recovery, one week later

(North Cowichan, BC) – One week following record-breaking rain across the province, North Cowichan is well underway with recovery efforts. All roads that had been closed due to flooding are now open, with the exception of a section of Mays Road. Mays Road between Herd Road and Relke Road will remain closed for approximately three months while structural repairs are made.

A State of Local Emergency has been extended for parts of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, including North Cowichan. Full details at https://www.cvrd.ca/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2356

A log jam at the Chemainus Road bridge is in the processes of being cleared. The jam was not deemed to be a risk to the integrity or safety of the bridge, but is being removed in order to prevent future scouring by the redirected water.

Environment Canada is forecasting significant rainfall for coastal British Columbia later this week, and residents in low-lying or flood-prone areas should be prepared for additional flooding events. 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.