Update on evacuation orders and state of emergency status in a few areas of Parksville Qualicum Beach

State of local emergency cancelled, evac orders rescinded for Cedar Grove, Parry's RV Park and Little Qualicum River Estates

  • Dec. 11, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Here is an advisory sent by the Regional District of Nanaimo to The NEWS at 4:33 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 (unedited):

The  Regional District of Nanaimo has been advised that the imminent risk of danger to life and properties in the Little Qualicum River Estates area has diminished.  The local state of emergency has therefore been cancelled.

Residents may return to their homes within the evacuation area in their own discretion and at their own risk, considering the individual circumstances affecting their individual property and residences.

Given the nature of the risk created by the recent emergency, it is recommended that property owners obtain an independent geotechnical assessment of their property from a qualified professional engineer should they have any concerns.

The Evacuation Order dated December 10, 2014 under the Emergency Program Act is hereby rescinded.

The regional district will continue to monitor the situation and, if considered necessary or advisable, a new Evacuation Alert or Order may be issued.

Additionally, here is an advisory sent by the Regional District of Nanaimo to The NEWS at 1:48 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 (edited):

Regional District of Nanaimo Chairperson Joe Stanhope has cancelled the State of Local Emergency and rescinded the Evacuation Order at Cedar Grove RV Park & Campground, adjacent to the Little Qualicum River in Electoral Area G. Chairperson Stanhope has also cancelled the State of Local Emergency and rescinded the Evacuation Order for Parry’s RV Park adjacent to the Englishman River.

Weather conditions are improving and residents and pets evacuated from both areas may now safely return to their homes.

For more information on flooding, personal preparedness, evacuation procedures and Emergency Social Services, visit the RDN website at rdn.bc.ca/Services/Emergency Planning.