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Three Saanich Peninsula First Nations families receive emergency assistance

Eight individuals living in temporary shelter after cold bursts pipes in their homes
PEMO (Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization) multiple calls for assistance during the last 48 hours, including from families on living on Pauquachin, Tseycum and Tsartlip First Nation. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)

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.

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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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Wolf Depner

About the Author: Wolf Depner

I joined the national team with Black Press Media in 2023 from the Peninsula News Review, where I had reported on Vancouver Island's Saanich Peninsula since 2019.
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