More homes near Port Alberni on the Tseshaht First Nation Reserve along the Somass River are expected to be evacuated tomorrow.
A state of emergency remains in place on the reserve as heavy rains pound the area, creating mass flooding.
Emergency Response Coordinator Hugh Braker says the forecast isn’t looking good.
“Environment Canada is calling it an atmospheric river and it’s aimed right at the west coast of Vancouver Island. In the city of Port Alberni, the forecast is 80 to 100 millimeters of rain from now until Tuesday. However, for the watershed of the Somass River, the forecast is anywhere from 275 millimeters of rain and some areas are going to get 300 millimeters of rain which is a foot of rain.”
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He says around 800 sandbags are being stacked higher around homes along the Somass River.
Six families were forced out of their homes Saturday, another three to seven homes are in danger as flood waters rise.
“We anticipate we are going to start evacuating more homes on Monday evening.”
Braker says the city is preparing for a long closure of highway 4, the only highway into Tofino.