A seven-metre chunk of Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek was washed away when floodwaters overwhelmed a culvert overnight Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Crews were setting up barricades late Monday morning. — Lauren Collins photo

PHOTOS: Residents rescued as streams flood in Parksville area

Level 2 Emergency Operations Centre to stay open through to Tuesday

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue helped to evacuate 22 people and eight pets Sunday night into Monday morning from a property in Parkvsille.

Arrowsmith SAR president Nick Rivers said evacuations started at Parry’s RV Park on Martindale Road in Parksville around 11 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 28) and finished at about 6:45 a.m. Monday.

Martindale Road remained closed Monday morning between Stanford and Despard avenues, after the Englishman River topped its banks and flooded an approximately 200-metre stretch of the road.

At the same time SAR members were evacuating people from Parry’s RV Park, search and rescue team members were also performing a rope rescue in Lantzville to rescue a woman from a mudslide that washed out Rumming Road in the middle of the night.

RELATED: Woman rescued after mudslide in Lantzville, region reports flooding

Because of that, Rivers said, Arrowsmith Search and Rescue received help from Comox and Alberni search and rescue at the RV park.

Rivers said after finishing the rope rescue, the team headed back to Parry’s RV Park.

“At the deepest point, it was about eight feet deep at the worst time,” Rivers said.

Regional District of Nanaimo board chair Bill Veenhof said Parry’s RV Park flooded badly and quickly.

Asked on Monday morning what will happen for Martindale Road residents stuck on the other side of the flooding, Veenhof said he didn’t have an answer at that point.

At one point Monday morning, a resident paddled a kayak across the flooded Martindale Road to tell an RCMP officer posted near the Stanford Avenue side that motorists were requesting permission to drive across.

“We are recommending against it,” the officer said. “We haven’t seen the road surface since midnight, so we don’t know what it looks like.”

Martindale Road in Parksville, Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek, Northwest Bay Road in Nanoose Bay and Rumming Road in Lanztville were all closed as of 3 a.m. At the same time, the RDN activated its Level 2 Emergency Operations Centre which will remain open through to Tuesday (Jan. 30).

Veenhof said staff will reassess the situation in the morning, adding it’s “safe to say the situation has stabilized.”

Veenhof said the Level 2 EOC is an indication of the scale of the flooding and how much effort needs to go into solving the problem.

“It’s an indication that the problem really is quite large,” Veenhof said.

The Ministry of Transportation is currently assessing all the affected roads, Veenhof said.

“We don’t know when they will open. Obviously, safety is the top concern. The decision to open those roads will belong to MoTI of course,” Veenhof said.

The RDN issued another update at 4 a.m. stating Melrose Road is accessible through the service road. Around 4:30 a.m., the RDN tweeted that the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure was on scene at Melrose and Rumming roads, but crews were waiting for daylight to assess road damage “due to growing sinkhole” on Melrose.

Veenhof said of Melrose Road, there is a “seven-metre piece of it that no longer exists.”

On Saturday, the RDN issued a release from Environment Canada about a special weather statement that would affect the Regional District of Nanaimo and other communities on east Vancouver Island.

It stated the RDN has been notified of “a powerful storm, called an ‘Atmospheric River’” that was approaching the region tonight and will continue Sunday and Monday.

Late Sunday afternoon the B.C. River Forecast Centre upgraded a high streamflow advisory to a flood watch for the Englishman River and other tributaries in the Parksville Qualicum Beach region.

RELATED: Flood watch issued for Englishman River in Parksville

“This storm is expected to result in heavy rain and temperatures above freezing which will melt snow that arrived (Saturday) and which will increase the impact to area rivers, creeks, lakes and storm water drainages,” the release stated.

A viewing bench alongside the Englishman River off Plummer Road in Parksville is swamped by high water Monday morning, Jan. 29, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo

The Regional District of Nanaimo issued a notice at 3: a.m. Monday (Jan. 29) that Northwest Bay Road in Nanoose Bay was closed due to flooding. At about 8:20 a.m., the signs were still in place on Northwest Bay Road near Highway 19. — Lauren Collins photo

Regional District of Nanaimo Director Julian Fell, left, and board chair Bill Veenhof examine a seven-metre chunk of Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek was washed away when floodwaters overwhelmed a culvert overnight Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Crews were setting up barricades late Monday morning. — Lauren Collins photo

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