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2 roads still closed, but Cowichan Valley recovering from floods

But heavy rain is expected again by week’s end
Recovery efforts continue in the Cowichan Valley after last weeks flooding. Pictured are people being rescued along Canada Ave. during the heavy rains on Nov. 15. (File photo)

Recovery efforts continue in the Cowichan Valley from the floods that struck the region on Nov. 15.

A press release from North Cowichan on Nov. 23 said all roads that had been closed due to flooding are now open, with the exception of a section of Mays Road.

Mays Road between Herd Road and Relke Road will remain closed for approximately three months while structural repairs are made.

A log jam at the Chemainus Road bridge is in the processes of being cleared, the release added.


The jam was not deemed to be a risk to the integrity or safety of the bridge, but is being removed in order to prevent future scouring by the redirected water.

The Cowichan Valley Regional District has extended its state of local emergency for many parts of the district impacted by the flooding, including the Municipality of North Cowichan, City of Duncan, Cowichan Tribes, Halalt First Nation and Penelakut Tribe, until Nov. 29.

Sections of Allenby Road remain closed due to flood damage and it’s not yet known when the road will reopen to traffic.

Trucks were continuing to take away debris from a mudslide from a section of Allenby between Boys Road and Miller Road earlier this week.

Environment Canada is forecasting significant rainfall for coastal British Columbia later this week, and residents in low-lying or flood-prone areas should be prepared for additional flooding events.

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