Cowichan bracing for more stormy weather

Rain and wind lashed the Cowichan Valley Monday night into Tuesday morning with the threat of even more but by mid-day Dec. 9 the wind had waned slightly, allowing BC Hydro crews to get on with the business of returning power to several areas.

Parts of Duncan suffered power outages but the Cowichan Lake area was hard-hit by wind storm, with Youbou, Caycuse, Mesachie Lake, Honeymoon Bay and big parts of Lake Cowichan itself left without power in a series of outages caused by the wind.

Trees down on the south side of the lake even stopped a school bus from getting to students in the Mesachie Lake/Honeymoon Bay area.

But this was just the first storm of several anticipated this week.

A strongly-worded weather alert was issued Monday for both east and west Vancouver Island, saying that winds could be up to 80 km/h over exposed areas and telling property owners to watch for damage to parts of buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows and everyone to be on the lookout for loose objects blowing around and broken tree branches flying through the air.

In addition, heavy rain was forecast to come in waves this week, with experts warning that “the ground, already near saturation, has little ability to absorb further rainfall” and telling everyone to be cautious of washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vandekamp moving on from Cowichan Capitals

Head coach returns to AJHL’s Grande Prairie Storm

75-year-old woman rescued from Cowichan Lake

Victim taken to hospital, but expected to recover

City of Duncan to consider a 3.16% tax increase for 2020

But council may consider delaying discussion due to COVID-19 crisis

Spike in thefts in Duncan has police issuing advice

Police have noticed an increase in property crime in the Duncan area… Continue reading

Nanaimo, Royal Jubilee to be Vancouver Island’s COVID-19 frontline hospitals

Other Island hospitals will be admitting COVID-19 patients and will be used in a support role

List of cancelled Cowichan Valley community events

An ongoing list of events that have been cancelled in the Cowichan Valley due to COVID-19

Here’s how to talk to people who aren’t taking physical distancing seriously

Approach the conversation with empathy says conflict expert

B.C. clears more acute hospital beds as COVID-19 case growth slows

Province holding about 40% of beds empty for peak still to come

As 500K+ apply for emergency benefit, Trudeau says aid coming for Canadians left behind

Canada Emergency Response Benefit provides $2,000 per month

UPDATE: UK PM Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after COVID-19 symptoms worse

He has been quarantined in his Downing St. residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26

Travellers, travel agents ‘in agony’ over refund policies and customer service

Many Canadian carriers are offering customers flights rebookings or travel vouchers — but not refunds

Introverted and extroverted kids likely to react differently to COVID-19 restrictions

B.C. child psychologist says your parenting approach can’t be one-size fits all in social isolation

B.C. begins taking submissions for $2M COVID-19 research fund

Rural health, impact of shifting hospital resources among priorities

Most Read