Video shot earlier this week shows the swollen Somass river
They’ve been home for less than 72 hours, and already families forced to flee the Tseshaht First Nation by rising floodwaters are being warned they may have to leave again.
It comes as concern grows that the Somass River may yet break its banks again.
Environment Canada has maintained a rainfall warning for the area, and says “the ground, already near saturation, has little ability to absorb further rainfall.”
Tseshaht emergency response coordinator Hugh Braker says up to 150 millimeters of rain is expected near the area by Sunday night.
“The River Forecast Centre is advising that the flow on the Somass River will probably be equal to the flood we had earlier this past week,” he says.
14 homes along the river remain ringed by sandbags.
“If the forecast holds true, we will be evacuating approximately seven families sometime on Sunday night,” Braker said.
Last week nearly a dozen families were evacuated because of floodwaters.
Braker says for a handful of families it will be their third evacuation in 10 days.