Last week’s storm that pounded the Comox Valley and other parts of the West Coast resulted in an evacuation notice and the largest-ever flood in Courtenay, according to 51 years of recorded data.
“This was a one-in-100-year event, so it eclipses the 2009 and 2010 floods,” CAO David Allen said.
A state of emergency declared Tuesday by the city was lifted Friday. Between those times, the Fifth Street Bridge and several roads were closed, along with the Lewis and LINC Youth centres, and the Airpark.
On Wednesday, homes and businesses near the Tsolum, Puntledge and Courtenay rivers were evacuated. On Thursday, a boil water advisory was issued due to elevated turbidity levels in Comox Lake and the Puntledge River.
Due to property and content damage, the province has authorized financial assistance to qualifying claimants in the Valley — and other parts of the Island and Lower Mainland — who were unable to obtain insurance to cover disaster-related losses.
Further information is available at bit.ly/1AzJqHM
Application deadline is March 12.