City of Courtenay preparing for flooding

The City of Courtenay anticipates that flooding in low-lying areas may begin this Saturday and last for several days.

  • Nov. 25, 2011 6:00 p.m.

The City of Courtenay anticipates that flooding in low-lying areas may begin this Saturday and last for several days, at least until Wednesday.

With the weather forecast calling for heavy precipitation, rising freezing levels and subsequent snow melt, combined with high tides and winds, residents and businesses near the Courtenay River and Puntledge River should be on alert and prepare to evacuate if necessary.

The City is distributing notices to residents and businesses in the Puntledge Road and Tsolum Road areas, as well as residents in or near the Maple Pool Campsite. The City is also distributing sandbags beginning today.

If your business requires sandbags to help mitigate potential flood damage, call the City of Courtenay at 250-338-1525, or after hours 250-334-2947 to arrange for delivery.

Should flooding occur, the City may be required to close area roads at the following intersections at a minimum:

• Dove Creek Road between Headquarters and Piercy Roads;

• Old Island Highway at Comox Road (at Lewis Park);

• Ryan Road at Highway 19A;

• Old Island Highway and Highway 19A at Headquarters Road;

• Highway 19A at  17th Street northbound.

For more information and updates, visit www.courtenay.ca, or call City of Courtenay Public Works at 250-338-1525, or City Hall at 250-334-4441.

— City of Courtenay