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Man rescued and homes evacuated after mudslide north of Qualicum Beach

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A man had to be rescued after a mudslide partially buried a home north of Qualicum Beach. A dozen surrounding homes are now under an evacuation order.
Dashwood Fire Chief Nick Acciavatti says they were called to the home in the Little Qualicum River Village subdivison just before noon on Wednesday, Dec 10.
A bank behind the house had collapsed, partly burying the 2-storey home in mud. Acciavatti says one person managed to get out but a man was trapped in the basement.
Acciavatti says the man was taken to NRGH with non-life threatening injuries.
He says six homes above the bank that collapsed and six below are under an evacuation order due to the risk of another landslide. An Emergency Reception Centre has been set up at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.
The Regional District of Nanaimo is sending a geotechnical engineer to assess the area.
Meanwhile, the RDN is working with the Snuneymuxw First Nation on an Evacuation Alert for the Raines Road area in Electoral Area A.
A Local State of Emergency remains in effect for Parry’s RV Park in Electoral Area G.  Residents and pets evacuated on Tuesday evening will spent at least one more night elsewhere, due to the ongoing flood risk.
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