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SCRD’s state of local emergency continues over weekend

Crews continue to work, as boil water advisories remain in effect
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2016 Ocean Beach Esplanade (pictured) is one of two properties under an evacuation order as of Nov. 16, after debris from Whittaker Creek surrounded two small cabins and pushed into the residences.

The Sunshine Coast Regional District’s (SCRD) emergency response to the atmospheric river that hit the region on Nov. 14 and 15 will continue through the weekend. 


Evacuation Orders

The two cabins at 2016 and 2022 Ocean Beach Esplanade remain under an evacuation order as building assessments are under way, the SCRD said in a release. Emergency Support Services is still active for those impacted by an emergency or disaster, and can provide arranging food, shelter or accommodation by contacting 604-885-6887. 


On Friday afternoon, Nov. 19, the SCRD announced the boil water advisories are still in effect for residents of Welcome Woods, Elphinstone, Gibsons and West Howe Sound. You can check here to see if your address is included.

The water mains have been repaired, and advisories are expected to lift next week once water testing by Vancouver Coastal Health determines the water is safe for use.

The advisory first began on Monday, Nov. 15, and residents should boil their water at a rolling boil for one minute and store it in a clean container in the refrigerator.

Residents are asked to check the culverts outside their homes for blockages. More rain is predicted for the week of Nov. 22, and culverts that are not clear can cause “substantial flooding,” the release states, adding it is a responsibility of homeowners to clear debris from culverts passing under their driveways. 


Several SCRD parks remain closed to the public due to safety concerns. No one should access Cliff Gilker Park, Chaster Park or Chaster House until they are reopened. The closed areas will be clearly marked by tape or barricade, as the SCRD works to repair bridges and trails. 

Anyone who sees a trail hazard, such as a fallen tree, is asked to report it to


Recycle BC is temporarily not accepting glass or styrofoam, due to flooding and interruption to transportation in the province. Residents are asked to hold on to these materials until they can be accepted for recycling again. 

Updates will continue to be posted to and the SCRD’s Facebook page.