Lantzville landslide, flooding in Nanaimo Regional District

Lantzville landslide, flooding in Nanaimo Regional District
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A massive hole on Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek. Photo courtesy Oliver Watson.

A massive hole on Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek. Photo courtesy Oliver Watson.

A landslide in Lantzville and flooding in Parksville and Whiskey Creek has activated a level 2 Emergency Operation Centre at the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN).

There is also a report of a sinkhole in Coombs.

RDN says 21 people and seven pets were rescued at Parry’s RV Park in Parksville, including water rescues.

Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek washed out. Photo courtesy Oliver Watson.

Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek washed out. Photo courtesy Oliver Watson.

Residents of four homes have been evacuated on Rumming Road in Lantzville after a landslide early Monday morning.

The district reported the emergency level before 3 a.m.

Lisa Moilanen of there RDN says there are a number of road closures in the region, which include Rumming Road in Lantzville, Martindale Road in Parksville, Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek and Northwest Bay Road in Nanoose Bay.

Mainroad Contracting reported Pacific Marine Road is closed because of flooding at Fairy Lake, and Crofton and Chemainus Roads were shut down because of flooding.

Motorists were advised to use Herd Road as an alternate route.

The district is asking people to not drive or cross through standing water until road conditions can be assessed.

Flood watch and advisories

With heavy rain forecast to continue Monday, the B.C. River Forecast Centre issued a flood watch for east Vancouver Island Sunday night.

The watch includes the Englishman River, Tsolum River, Oyster River and tributaries around Campbell River, Courtenay, Comox, Parksville and surrounding areas.

Picture of flooding in Ladysmith Monday. Photo courtesy Jerri Briggs.

Picture of flooding in Ladysmith Monday. Photo courtesy Jerri Briggs.

Home on Homestead Way in Ladysmith. Photo courtesy Jerri Briggs.

Home on Homestead Way in Ladysmith. Photo courtesy Jerri Briggs.

Flooding at Northwest Bay Road in Nanoose Bay. Photo courtesy Regional District of Nanaimo.

Flooding at Northwest Bay Road in Nanoose Bay. Photo courtesy Regional District of Nanaimo.

A high streamflow advisory remains in place for central and southern Vancouver Island and has been issued for the west coast of the Island.

The advisory is for areas around Tofino and tributaries around Sutton Pass and surrounding areas.

Central Island includes Sproat River, Somass River and areas around Port Alberni.

For south Island, areas being watched include the Chemainus River, Cowichan River, Koksilah River and surrounding areas.

WATCH: Driving on Tzouhalem Road in Duncan.

Rivers are expected to peak Monday, but the agency says larger rivers and those with lake influence, such as the Somass River, may not peak until Tuesday.

Rainfall warnings

Environment Canada says a frontal system filled with moisture will continue to move across the south coast Monday.

Rainfall advisories are in place for east, inland and west Vancouver Island.

An additional 15 to 25 millimetres are expected for those areas, except for northern sections of east Vancouver Island.

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