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Vancouver Island First Nation declares state of emergency


A First Nations community on Vancouver Island has declared a state of emergency as rising water levels threaten to flood as many as two dozen homes.

Tseshaht Chief Councillor Hugh Braker said sandbagging operations began Sunday afternoon along the Somass River, which has swollen after severe rain.

"Obviously the river is full. It can't hold anymore water," said Braker. "Rather than wait we have begun to prepare now for the flood."


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