|Borrowed from City of Courtenay|
The above picture shows an area approximately two kilometres from our home. One of these businesses is Value Village and the other a business called The Treasure Shack(Consignment shop), both I frequently visit. The last two nights two sub-tropical storms(local story here) back to back have pounded the island keeping us up with howling wind and rain pounding against the windows.
After many years in the insurance business this is what I know - flooding is excluded in almost 99% of Canadian insurance policies unlike the USA. It flat out sucks for anyone experiencing it. I feel for those people. The estuary we kayaked in a short 3 months ago is now churning with high fall tides, logs and lots of extra water due to the high river feeding into the ocean. Landslides are happening in nearby towns.
|Borrowed from the Parksville Qualicum Beach News|
We are fortunately unscathed, choosing to buy our home in an area called the highlands, which is 1000 feet above sea level. Our home is newer and crawlspace has proven water tight based on the past week. This morning while driving my stepdaughter to school many fences and trees were down, I was frankly surprised our power was still on. Tonight it went out but only briefly for 3 minutes, thankfully.
British Columbia does not have a very strong economy, hopefully the rain will stop and life may resume as normal as many businesses are closed at a time when they rely on Christmas sales to make a go of it.