The Cowichan Valley Regional District has rescinded its State of Local Emergency as rainfall and river flows have subsided across the region.
The State of Local Emergency, which was declared back on November 15, applied to areas of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, the Municipality of North Cowichan, City of Duncan, Cowichan Tribes, Halalt First Nation and Penelakut Tribe.
“We are very fortunate to be able to cancel our State of Local Emergency, although many residents are still reeling from the impact of this flooding event,” said Lori Iannidinardo, Chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District. “Sincere thanks to all the external agencies that lent a hand over the last couple weeks, particularly the Strathcona Regional District who deployed their staff last month to assist in response efforts.”
The Cowichan Valley experienced multiple challenges caused by severe weather including flash flooding, resulting in several residents being ordered to evacuate the area.
Following the flooding, residents and businesses are also eligible to take action to reduce damage and begin the recovery process.
These steps include contacting an insurance agency to review any property damage, contacting the Disaster Financial Assistance program, or contacting Health Link B.C. for any concerns about mould or air quality.
The Canadian Red Cross is also providing $2,000 to households that were most impacted by the flood. In order to access these supports, evacuated British Columbians can register with the Red Cross by calling 1.800.863.6582, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Any further emergency information will be posted to the Alertable network.