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Flooding was extensive after heavy rains Monday in many areas of Cowichan Tribes land, including along Tzouhalem Road as this picture shows. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Cowichan Tribes opens flood support centre

Members can go to the Si’em Lelum Gym for assistance

Flooding was extensive after heavy rains Monday in many areas of Cowichan Tribes land, including along Tzouhalem Road as this picture shows. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Snow is accumulating on the Malahat. (Emcon Services Inc./Twitter)

Snow accumulating on the Malahat

Emcon Services urging drivers to use caution

Snow is accumulating on the Malahat. (Emcon Services Inc./Twitter)
Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP work to transport residents of the Meadow Glen Apartments to higher ground due to flooding in the Duncan area. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

The aftermath: Torrential rain causes havoc across Cowichan

First responders worked non-stop throughout the emergency

Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP work to transport residents of the Meadow Glen Apartments to higher ground due to flooding in the Duncan area. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Overnight closures were previously expected to last until Nov. 22. (Courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Malahat to reopen 24 hours a day

Single-lane alternating traffic can continue around the clock

Overnight closures were previously expected to last until Nov. 22. (Courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
The southbound view from Drive BC’s Bamberton camera at 8:45 a.m. Thursday. (Drive BC Traffic Camera)

Gas tankers getting escort over Malahat to Greater Victoria

15 gas tankers traveling from Mill Bay to Greater Victoria at 9 a.m. Nov. 18

The southbound view from Drive BC’s Bamberton camera at 8:45 a.m. Thursday. (Drive BC Traffic Camera)
Candace Spilsbury. (File photo)

Candace Spilsbury named chair of school board for 10th time

Johanne Kemmler chosen as vice chair

  • Nov 17, 2021
Candace Spilsbury. (File photo)
BC Ferries’ Coastal Celebration vessel has been reassigned from its regular route to accommodate one round trip sailing between Nanaimo and Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ Coastal Celebration vessel has been reassigned from its regular route to accommodate one round trip sailing between Nanaimo and Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Snow is once again in the forecast for the Malahat area. (File photo submitted)

Snow forecast for Thursday on Malahat

With temperature dropping to freezing, conditions on Hwy. 1 roadway could worsen again

Snow is once again in the forecast for the Malahat area. (File photo submitted)
Cowichan Tribes, Western Stevedoring and Pacific Industrial & Marine have signed a memorandum of understanding that is intended, in part, to help protect Cowichan Bay and its estuary (pictured). (File photo)

Cowichan Tribes, Western Stevedoring, Pacific Industrial and Marine sign MOU

Parties will cooperate on future of Cowichan Terminal

  • Nov 17, 2021
Cowichan Tribes, Western Stevedoring and Pacific Industrial & Marine have signed a memorandum of understanding that is intended, in part, to help protect Cowichan Bay and its estuary (pictured). (File photo)
The Municipality of North Cowichan’s coat of arms was dropped by council in August. (File graphic)

No new coat of arms for North Cowichan expected anytime soon

Council rejects help from Royal Heraldry Society to create new one

The Municipality of North Cowichan’s coat of arms was dropped by council in August. (File graphic)
A mudslide prompted Emcon Services Inc. to close Allenby Road between Miller and Boys Roads in Duncan on Monday. (Emcon Services photo/Twitter)

Cowichan flood update: Evacuation order for Allenby Road campground rescinded

Recovery efforts underway, with waters receding in most areas

A mudslide prompted Emcon Services Inc. to close Allenby Road between Miller and Boys Roads in Duncan on Monday. (Emcon Services photo/Twitter)
Dave Craik and Lisa Craik with the kind man who opened his home to them for shelter in Hope. (Special to The News)
Dave Craik and Lisa Craik with the kind man who opened his home to them for shelter in Hope. (Special to The News)
A trio dances in the street while awaiting their turn to traverse the Malahat on Tuesday. (Video courtesy Arnold Lim)

VIDEO: Trio dances in traffic to ease stress of waiting on the Malahat

Film crew rolls back into Greater Victoria after a night stranded at summer camp

A trio dances in the street while awaiting their turn to traverse the Malahat on Tuesday. (Video courtesy Arnold Lim)
Join the fun at the Cowichan Lake Light-Up Cruise on Dec. 4. (Submitted by Jenn Baird)
Join the fun at the Cowichan Lake Light-Up Cruise on Dec. 4. (Submitted by Jenn Baird)
The Malahat will close overnight until Nov. 22, the province confirmed on Nov. 16. (Arnold Lim/News Staff)

Malahat to close overnight for 7 days after flooding, BC Ferries stepping in again

Overnight crews to repair Hwy 1 damage caused by recent weather conditions

The Malahat will close overnight until Nov. 22, the province confirmed on Nov. 16. (Arnold Lim/News Staff)
North Cowichan council decides not to move forward with recommendation to require permits for backyard burning outside the UCB. (File photo)

North Cowichan decides against backyard-burning permits outside UCB

Staff recommended permits as part of update to fire bylaw

North Cowichan council decides not to move forward with recommendation to require permits for backyard burning outside the UCB. (File photo)
Cars are barely able to pass through at the corner of Crofton and Chemainus Roads before the area was closed. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)

Chemainus region records 177 mm of precipitation during storm

Floodgates open with so much rain in such a short time

Cars are barely able to pass through at the corner of Crofton and Chemainus Roads before the area was closed. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)
(Photo/RCAF)

Armed Forces confirms more than 300 rescued from Agassiz area landslides, floods

Rescue workers are also searching debris along Lougheed Highway

(Photo/RCAF)
Drivers line up along West Saanich for the Brentwood Bay ferry to take them to Mill Bay, with the Malahat portion of Highway 1 closed Monday after heavy rains washed out a section of road. (Photo by Carl Jensen/Twitter)

BC Ferries resumes regular schedule between Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay

Resumption of service comes after overnight sailings, partial re-opening of Malahat

Drivers line up along West Saanich for the Brentwood Bay ferry to take them to Mill Bay, with the Malahat portion of Highway 1 closed Monday after heavy rains washed out a section of road. (Photo by Carl Jensen/Twitter)
Mud ran down the side of the hill and onto Highway 18 near Skutz Falls on Monday morning as heavy rain pounded the Cowichan Valley region including Lake Cowichan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
Mud ran down the side of the hill and onto Highway 18 near Skutz Falls on Monday morning as heavy rain pounded the Cowichan Valley region including Lake Cowichan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)