An evacuation order was lifted yesterday but about 100 families remained out of their homes after flooding forced hundreds from their houses on central Vancouver Island.

Many flood victims left without being able to pack any of their belongings, but there were no reports of injury or death.

The area’s New Democrat MLA, Bill Routley, said his home was one of dozens affected by the flood.

“We were up all night several nights in a row, trying to keep the water from destroying the basement,” said Routley. “We were carrying buckets there every 10 minutes all night long for hours.”

Jim Price, a spokesman for the Provincial Emergency Program, said damage assessors could not get into 15 homes because they remained too full of water.

“The water table is quite high and it’s not allowing the water to drain from crawl spaces and basements from some of the houses,” Price said.

Price said the government has received 42 applications for financial assistance under the government’s disaster funding, but disaster assistance assessors had only been able to inspect 27 homes.

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