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Nanaimo River Floods

December 4th, 2007  · stk

NewsBrief: [Nanaimo River Floods] North Cedar Fire Department assists with flood evacuation. River levels at a 10-year high. About 100 residents were evacuated from their homes along the Nanaimo River. The roads were flooded and evacuation was carried out by boat and large trucks.

North Cedar Fire Department Assists Flood Evacuation

The call came in at 7:30AM this morning. I didn't get home till 4:00PM, this afternoon. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured and our prime objective - safely evacuating residents whose homes and properties were threatened by rising flood waters - was achieved. Approximately 75 people were evacuated, via boats and/or large trucks.

Unfortunately, I didn't think to take my camera. The volume and speed of the river is simply amazing. Huge trees, logs and other debris floated by like twigs. Raines road was undercut and missing, for a large stretch. While drivers were irritated at being turned around, we reminded them that there were folks whose homes were flooded, with water levels at 2-3 feet, in every room.

Local news crews were out and will cover the 10-year-high flooding and evacuation on the 5PM and 6PM news shows. (Note: I added one of the videos - and I'm in it! - I'm one of the dudes helping to pump up the yellow inflatable boat that was used to evacuate belongings and residents.)

To the couple at the end of the video: If you have an emergency situation, just call 911 and ask for help. ;)

The following was taken from a press release by the Regional District of Nanaimo. Note: While the river levels have dropped about 10 inches from their high point, keep an eye on the RDN website and local news programs for breaking news.

RDN News Release - December 4, 2007

Flood Conditions Continue In Some Areas of Regional District

The Regional District of Nanaimo Emergency Program and stakeholder groups continue to assist residents affected by flooding along the Nanaimo and Englishman Rivers.

In the North Cedar area, the Snuneymuwx First Nation has experienced flooding in the Raines Road area and is responding to the situation with assistance from the North Cedar Fire Department, the City of Nanaimo, the Regional District of Nanaimo and private citizens and businesses.

Flooding is occurring on the Nanaimo River in the North Cedar area of the Regional District, including Cedar Road, Wilkinson Road, Aikenhead Road and Alice Road. Emergency responders are on scene, and Nanaimo Search and Rescue is carrying out voluntary evacuations of residents in the Wilkinson/Alice Road and Raines Road Areas.

Significant cooperation amongst jurisdictions, including the North Cedar Fire Department, the City of Nanaimo, Snuneymuwx First Nation, RCMP, Nanaimo Emergency Social Services, Nanaimo Search and Rescue and the Regional District of Nanaimo is ongoing in the Cedar Area to address the current situation.

People requiring Emergency Social Services can go to the Emergency Reception Centre established at the Snuneymuwx First Nation Community Kitchen at 1993 Longhouse Road. This site can be accessed by approaching from the Duke Point side. A flag person is located at Cedar Road and Longhouse Road to direct traffic to this Emergency Reception Centre.

Residents are reminded to stay tuned to local radio stations for updated information. In the event of power outages or minor flooding, citizens should be prepared to take care of themselves for extended periods of time. It is advisable to prepare for power outages to be on the safe side, and to keep candles and flashlights handy. If you live in a flood plain area, have an emergency Grab 'n' Go Bag packed and ready, and have an alternate place to stay in mind in case your home is at risk of flooding.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority has issued a Boil Water Notice on behalf of the City of Nanaimo due to high turbidity levels. All water used for drinking and cooking should be boiled before consumption. Please note that Regional District of Nanaimo Water Service Areas in Nanoose Bay, French Creek, San Pareil, Englishman River (Kaye Road), Surfside, Decourcey and Melrose Terrace are NOT affected by this Boil Water Notice.

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1.flag Travis Cote Comment
Howdy. Thanks for the link to your news/blog site. Damn, I can`t believe that news about the flooding. Wow, I`m really keen to see some photos. How many guys from the Dept. responded? Must have been pretty exciting.

see you Saturday.
2.flag stk Comment
The total # of guys was 19 (+ or - a couple).

Stuff happens, while yer off galavanting around in the Japanese countryside. :p

BTW - We're leaving for "live fire" training at 6 AM, on Saturday ... from the fire hall. (We're to take our own Scott air-packs and an extra bottle, as they use MSA equipment - which is completely different).

See you there!

3.flag Gary Comment
Good job Scott, terrible thing flooding. Glad you got everyone safe, it must of been hard work for you guys and very stressful for the home owners.

So which was you with the dingy.
The one on the left, top or right ?

4.flag stk Comment
I'm the one kneeling, on the left. ;)
5.flag Gary Comment
You should do a screen-shot and post the picture, you're famous now you have been on the telly !

Gz ;)
6.flag Colin Comment
Hey guys, just stumbled across this article doing a google search on the flood. I am a resident of Raines Road.

I would like to say thank you to all of you who participated in the evacuation or anyone who helped. North Cedar Fire Dept., Nanaimo Search & Rescue and any volunteers. Thank you.

Here is a link to some pictures of the flood. The first two albums are of the flood. I didnt have my camera handy at time of the evacuation. As it all happened so fast and we had to move quickly as possible. Just a big thank you to you guys.

Experiencing this is somthing I never want to experience again. We have had the river flood, just never this bad. It all really didnt kick in until today, it really throws you emotionally off and is a very scary situation to be in. Wondering ... Will it get worse, will my things be ok? I cant work because of this ... etc etc.

I am back at our house now and happy it is all over. Oh and here is a screenshot of the fellow who posted this blog (I beleive it's him). Hope the image shows up....

7.flag stk Comment
Colin - You nailed me in the picture. ;)

Thanks for your comments. I'll be sure to pass them along to the other guys at the fire hall.

I drove to the end of Raines Road today. The river is still at road-level, but it looks like things are drying out a tad. I was a bit surprised to make it to the end of the road.

The last house has a some large piles of dirt, where one can see the high-water mark. Geez ... that's a LOT of water!

Hopefully, your place and belongings are OKAY.

Thanks for the picture extraction and photo links.
8.flag Colin Comment
Yep no prob, and thank you for letting the dept. know we appreciated everything they have done for us. Oh and I probablly saw you drive by, I was out on the road taking pictures of some of the damage the flood did this afternoon, and saw quite a few strangers driving through taking a gander. I was a younger fellow with shaved head and camera.... Take care stk and may God bless you and your family.
9.flag stk Comment
Colin - Thanks. Yes, I remember seeing you near the A-channel truck, today. At the time, I thought you looked familiar. I must have seen you on one of the evacuation trucks, the day before. Cheers!