Waters are expected to recede in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area soon as B.C.’s River Forecast Centre predicts river flow will reduce after today (Jan. 4).
Thursday (Jan. 3) saw flooding at Martindale Road in the Parksville area beside the Englishman River near Parry’s RV Park — a location which often sees flooding.
There was also flooding of Price Road near Errington Road in Errington, and reports from residents of flooding in French Creek, Brittain Boulevard in Whiskey Creek and Pratt Road.
The Regional District of Nanaimo’s manager of emergency services, Catherine Morrison, said that, despite flooding in some areas, it did not trigger any emergency action.
Morrison said emergency services personnel are looking to assess river banks today “as most of the rivers saw an increase and breached their banks yesterday,” she said.
“I can tell you that Environment Canada’s hydrometric data is showing that the river levels are receding but we haven’t gone out to observe the rivers at this time,” said Morrison as of 10 a.m.
Though B.C.’s River Forecast Centre has a flood watch advisory maintained for the Englishman River and the Little Qualicum River, there is no alert for high levels of rain. Environment Canada shows, however, that rain is expected to continue into next week.
River Forecast Centre data predicts river flows at Little Qualicum River near Qualicum Beach and Englishman River near Parksville will reduce after Jan. 4.
Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department has been monitoring the Little Qualicum River, posting updates to its Facebook page. An update this morning showed water just under the bank.