2021 Flood Emergency & Recovery

Cowichan Tribes' Flood Emergency & Recovery

Call: 250-715-3333.

 

Flood Support Centre Open November 17-19

Cowichan Tribes Members whose homes or property were damaged by the recent flooding, or who were evacuated. Please come to our support centre at the Si'em Lelum Gym Dining Hall to see if you are eligible to receive financial support to repair your home and replace damaged items.

  • Thursday, November 17, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Friday, November 18, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 19, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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How do I know if it's 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 floodwater 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.

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Update to members: flood emergency and evacuation orders and alerts have been rescinded. 

November 19th, 2021 - Updated 11:30 am
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Boil Water​ Advisory

November 17, 2021 Update: Sites are being tested and results can take up to 2-4 weeks.
Affected Water Systems

                  Riverbottom                                        Wilson/Trestle

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IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND REFERENCES:

Flood Safety Information

FNHA Message to those affected by flooding

Clean up after a flood