Three families living on Pauquachin, Tseycum and Tsartlip First Nation received assistance through PEMO (Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization) after frozen pipes burst in their homes over the past days.
“So our ESS (Emergency Support Services) team was deployed and set them up with accommodations elsewhere until they can have their pipes dethawed,” said Lisa Banfield, emergency program specialist with Central Saanich Fire.
PEMO first went into action on Dec. 26 when it assisted a family of four with two dogs on Tseycum First Nation. Crews then stepped into action again on Dec. 27, assisting two families of two on Pauquachin and Tsartlip First Nation.
Affected individuals will receive three days’ of temporary accommodations, and a provincial emergency program could offer them additional assistance if required, said Banfield.
PEMO also responded to the residents of a Sidney apartment, she added.
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