News Release - November 21, 2017

Current Flooding in the RDN

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) has lands prone to seasonal flooding, particularly low lying Coastal areas and near rivers and streams. At this time, the RDN has received reports of localized flooding in the French Creek, Qualicum River and Coombs areas.

In response to this and to be proactive, a Level 1 Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been activated to monitor the situation and provide assistance to residents as required. Sandbags and sand have been delivered to the Coombs and Dashwood Fire halls and are available to the public.

Dashwood Firehall
230 Hobbs Road

Coombs Firehall
3241 Alberni Hwy
Residents are advised they need to fill and place sandbags on their own. It takes about two people about 1 hour one to fill and place 100 sandbags, giving you a 1-foot-by-20-foot wall. Make sure you have enough sand, sandbags, shovels and time to prepare properly. If you require assistance filling and placing sandbags please contact your neighbours, family and friends.

"The safety of our residents is fundamental to all," said Chair Veenhof. "Our staff's proactive approach both on the ground checking areas prone to flooding, engaging with the community and communicating how to prepare for flooding are important steps."

Staff will also monitor and provide updates on social media and our website as appropriate. More general information can be seen on our website on how to properly fill and place sandbags at www.rdn.bc.ca/flooding. Residents are reminded to call 911 for any life threatening emergency and can report non-life threatening flooding to the RDN at 778-762-3553.

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Jon Wilson
Manager, Emergency Services
Regional District of Nanaimo