All roads in North Cowichan have officially opened back up following last week’s severe weather that caused major flooding around the municipality.
North Cowichan says it is “well underway” with its recovery efforts from the record-breaking rain, outlining that all roads that had closed down are now open with the exception of a section along Mays Road.
Mays Road between Herd Road and Relke Road will remain closed for approximately three months while structural repairs are made, notes the municipality.
A state of local emergency has also been extended for parts of the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), including North Cowichan.
The State of Local Emergency has been extended to November 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 24 properties have restricted use designations, according to the CVRD.
Also, a log jam at the Chemainus Road bridge is in the process of being cleared, despite the jam being deemed not a risk to the integrity of the structure.
North Cowichan is advising residents to be prepared for additional flooding events as well because Environment Canada is forecasting significant rainfall for coastal British Columbia later this week.