2021 Flood Emergency

Cowichan Tribes' Emergency Housing Number: 250-715-3333.

April 2020 Update

How do I know if its safe to be in my home?

Cowichan Tribes has been working with Environmental Health Officers to identify which homes and properties were most affected by the flood. Homes that were considered to pose a health risk to families were identified. RED or YELLOW notices were left at homes that required follow up.  If one of these notices was left at your home please contact the Emergency number 250-715-3333 and leave your name, phone number and address.

Am I eligible for financial support?

Due to the recent, severe flooding Cowichan Tribes community members whose homes or property were damaged may be eligible to receive financial support to repair their homes and replace damaged items.

If your home and/or property was damaged in the recent flood, call 250-715-3333. Please leave your name, phone number, the address of the impacted house and a brief description of the damage.

You can also email your information, and any photos of the damage, to emergency@cowichantribes.com

Why do you need to know about the flooding at my home?

In order to access provincial and other financial compensation, agencies need to determine the extent of the damage to homes and property. Cowichan Tribes staff can help community members to navigate this process.

If your home and/or property was damaged in the recent flood, call 250-715-3333. Please leave your name, phone number, the address of the impacted house and a brief description of the damage. You can also email your information, and any photos of the damage, to emergency@cowichantribes.com

In addition to the health and safety concerns, we need your help to understand the extent of the flood damage on Cowichan Tribes lands to access with financial support to prepare and protect the community from future floods.

 What are the harmful effects of flooding?

Flooding can be harmful to both your health and the structure of your home. Flooding on the ground floor or crawl space can cause structural damage to your home. Moisture damage, or water trapped in your home, can lead to a variety of health risks. It only takes 24-hours for mould to grow.

Flooded septic fields can impact the quality of drinking water as well as cause raw sewage to seep out of the system. Flood water also carries a number of contaminants that can impact your health. This is why it’s important to let us know if your home was impacted by the flooding so it can be looked at by qualified professionals – minimizing the risk to you and your family.

 Was this flood worse than others?

While flooding is a common experience for some families, the recent flood water flows were the highest in Cowichan Tribes recorded history. *

Although there is now more diking infrastructure than in 1961 (the second largest flood in recorded history), the extent of the damage from the 2020 flood was more severe.

*Flood water flows (metres per cube/second)

(2020 - 575)

(2009 - 446)

(1961 - 558)

 Who do I call with questions?

Cowichan Tribes has an emergency number you can call 250-715-3333.

You can find regular updates on our website.

Flood alert warning!

See memo. If your home is at risk of flooding please be ready to evacuate and take COVID-19 precautions.

To report issues or inquire about supports (e.g. accommodations) you can call 250-715-3339. Please stay away from rushing waters and unstable river banks.

In case of emergencies call 9-1-1.

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Update to members: flood emergency and evacuation order has been declared for Wil'seem and Sahilton roads.

Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is helping to coordinate the evacuation.

Cowichan Tribes staff and other emergency services will be on hand to help facilitate the order. Please evacuate the affected areas immediately for your safety.

Accommodation options are being provided as per attached memo.

We will advise as soon as it is deemed safe again to return to impacted areas.

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IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND REFERENCES:

Flood Safety Information

FNHA Message to those affected by flooding

Clean up after a flood

Assessments Memo - Feb 6-7

News release - Feb 2/2020