State of local emergency ending Saturday in the Cowichan Valley

State of local emergency ending Saturday in the Cowichan Valley
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Flood waters in the Cowichan Valley earlier in February.

The Cowichan Valley will be ending its state of local emergency at 12 a.m. on Saturday.

The state of emergency was declared on Feb. 1, 2020, after heavy rain hit the area, prompting the district to issue evacuation orders to a number of homes and close roads.

The evacuation order was lifted but the state of local emergency remained in place to support residents affected by the flood.

When the state of emergency expires at 12 a.m. Saturday, the regional Emergency Operations Centre will also be closed.

“In consultation with Emergency Management British Columbia, CVRD staff have assessed that there is no further threat of flooding and that impacted residents are receiving necessary support. Community recovery efforts will continue this month and be supported through the CVRD Public Safety division,” the district said in a statement.

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The B.C. government announced last week that Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is available for eligible B.C. residents in the following regions:

  • Capital Regional District
  • Cowichan Valley Regional District
  • Regional District of Nanaimo
  • Greater Vancouver Regional District
  • Fraser Valley Regional District
  • Squamish Lillooet Regional District
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District

First Nations, electoral areas and municipalities that are in those regional districts can apply for DFA.

The government said Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is available to homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies who were unable to obtain insurance to cover flooding losses. The application is available here. 



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