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A trio dances in the street while awaiting their turn to traverse the Malahat on Tuesday. (Video courtesy Arnold Lim)

VIDEO: Trio dances in traffic to ease stress of waiting on the Malahat

Film crew rolls back into Greater Victoria after a night stranded at summer camp

A trio dances in the street while awaiting their turn to traverse the Malahat on Tuesday. (Video courtesy Arnold Lim)
The Malahat will close overnight until Nov. 22, the province confirmed on Nov. 16. (Arnold Lim/News Staff)

Malahat to close overnight for 7 days after flooding, BC Ferries stepping in again

Overnight crews to repair Hwy 1 damage caused by recent weather conditions

The Malahat will close overnight until Nov. 22, the province confirmed on Nov. 16. (Arnold Lim/News Staff)
Cars are barely able to pass through at the corner of Crofton and Chemainus Roads before the area was closed. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)

Chemainus region records 177 mm of precipitation during storm

Floodgates open with so much rain in such a short time

Cars are barely able to pass through at the corner of Crofton and Chemainus Roads before the area was closed. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)
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Armed Forces confirms more than 300 rescued from Agassiz area landslides, floods

Rescue workers are also searching debris along Lougheed Highway

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Salmon at Goldstream Provincial Park were swept up in stormy floodwaters on Nov. 15. (Courtesy RLC Park Services)
Salmon at Goldstream Provincial Park were swept up in stormy floodwaters on Nov. 15. (Courtesy RLC Park Services)
Flooding and bank instability closed the south and northbound lanes of the Malahat past West Shore Parkway Nov. 15. (Courtesy Emcon Servcies)

UPDATE: Malahat reopening to alternating traffic following safety assessment

Essential travelers to be allowed through in 30 minute intervals

Flooding and bank instability closed the south and northbound lanes of the Malahat past West Shore Parkway Nov. 15. (Courtesy Emcon Servcies)
North Cowichan pinpoints roads that remain closed.

Numerous road closures still in effect in North Cowichan

Crews continue working overnight to monitor creeks and rivers

North Cowichan pinpoints roads that remain closed.
B.C. Ferries MV Klitsa and crew will be doing extra duties tonight and overnight between Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay, in an attempt to get travellers stranded by the closure of the Malahat due to heavy rains to their destination. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Ferries sailing through the night between Mill Bay and Brentwood Bay

Closure of Malahat on Highway 1 prompts action to move traffic on South Island

  • Nov 15, 2021
B.C. Ferries MV Klitsa and crew will be doing extra duties tonight and overnight between Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay, in an attempt to get travellers stranded by the closure of the Malahat due to heavy rains to their destination. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sections of the Holland Creek trail are inaccesible due to flooding on Nov. 15. (Town of Ladysmith photo)

Update: Town of Ladysmith still advises residents to avoid low areas of Holland Creek Trail

UPDATE: The Town of Ladysmith is still advising residents to avoid use…

Sections of the Holland Creek trail are inaccesible due to flooding on Nov. 15. (Town of Ladysmith photo)
Road flooded signs are everywhere around North Cowichan. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Rain finally subsides, but flood damage extensive in Cowichan

Still no direct access to Chemainus from the south due to road closures

Road flooded signs are everywhere around North Cowichan. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Roads throughout the Cowichan Valley, including the Trans-Canada were closed at various points as a result of heavy rain and subsequent flooding. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Roads throughout the Cowichan Valley, including the Trans-Canada were closed at various points as a result of heavy rain and subsequent flooding. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Residents Jenny Kuhnley and Russ Swift watch drivers decide whether to attempt to navigate a flooded section of Akenhead Road in Cedar on Monday morning. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

UPDATE: With flood waters in Cedar receding, residents allowed back home

Make sure to have safe water supply, get technicians to assess electrical, gas components, says RDN

Residents Jenny Kuhnley and Russ Swift watch drivers decide whether to attempt to navigate a flooded section of Akenhead Road in Cedar on Monday morning. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Posted to Facebook prior to the highway closure: “Just drove Chemainus to Duncan, I’m surprised they’re still letting traffic through. The water is deep. Stay home if you can. Picture is just south of Mt Sicker Road before Hidden Hills.” (Photo by Shelby Mitchell)

UPDATED: Island Highway moving again near Crofton, Malahat remains closed

Flooding impacting movement of traffic in several areas

Posted to Facebook prior to the highway closure: “Just drove Chemainus to Duncan, I’m surprised they’re still letting traffic through. The water is deep. Stay home if you can. Picture is just south of Mt Sicker Road before Hidden Hills.” (Photo by Shelby Mitchell)
Environment Canada issued heavy rain and wind warnings for Greater Victoria, and much of Vancouver Island, Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)

Heavy rain, wind warnings issued for Vancouver Island

Up to 180 millimetres expected by noon, according to Environment Canada

Environment Canada issued heavy rain and wind warnings for Greater Victoria, and much of Vancouver Island, Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)
Flames engulfed this home early Sunday morning. (Photo by North Cowichan Fire Department)
Flames engulfed this home early Sunday morning. (Photo by North Cowichan Fire Department)
Jacqueline Sheppard provides school supplies to children in Guatemala. (Photo courtesy of Gerry Beltgens/Rotary Club of Ladysmith)

Central Island Rotary clubs to sell authentic Guatemalan clothing

Club will raise funds for access to education programs

Jacqueline Sheppard provides school supplies to children in Guatemala. (Photo courtesy of Gerry Beltgens/Rotary Club of Ladysmith)
The colour party marched from the Ladysmith Legion to the cenotaph as part of a Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11. (Photo by Tyler Hay)

Ladysmith gathers to mark Remembrance Day

Ladysmith residents gathered for a short Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov.11. The…

The colour party marched from the Ladysmith Legion to the cenotaph as part of a Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11. (Photo by Tyler Hay)
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Ladysmith Secondary reflects on Remembrance Day in pandemic times

‘In these challenging times, we need to find new ways to honour those who gave their lives,’ says student writer

  • Nov 11, 2021
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Zero rental vacancies has Ladysmith working to prohibit renovictions

Draft bylaw would force landlords to provide 13-month payout, or alternate accommodations

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Emily-Ann Alyward won first place in the Royal Canadian Legion black and white poster contest. (Emily-Ann Alyward art)

Ladysmith artist wins national Remembrance Day poster contest

Emily-Ann Alyward won first place with a poster depicting diverse soilders

Emily-Ann Alyward won first place in the Royal Canadian Legion black and white poster contest. (Emily-Ann Alyward art)