The North Cowichan-Duncan RCMP was forced to evacuate homes along Auchinachie Road near Somenos Road in North Cowichan today.

École Mt. Prevost Elementary school has also been evacuated and students were moved to the Somenos Soccer field near Berkey’s corner.

RCMP Corporal Cari Lougheed says potentially explosive material was discovered this morning and the bomb squad has been called over from Vancouver.

An evacuation centre for displaced residents has been established at the community centre on James Street.

Parents who need to pick up children from the school are asked to use a route that will keep them away from the evacuation zone.

The evacuation is expected to last several hours while the RCMP awaits the arrival of the bomb squad and removal of the possible explosive materials.