Flood-re­lated evac­u­a­tions be­gin at Peguis First Na­tion

SundayXtra - - NEWS LOCAL - — Staff

FLOOD­ING re­sulted in the evac­u­a­tion of 34 people from the Peguis First Na­tion and more Man­i­to­bans may be forced to leave their homes, the prov­ince said Satur­day.

The federal govern­ment and the com­mu­nity are man­ag­ing the Peguis sit­u­a­tion, the provin­cial govern­ment said in a news re­lease.

Evac­u­a­tions are be­ing co- or­di­nated by the Man­i­toba As­so­ci­a­tion of Na­tive Fire­fight­ers.

Close to 50 homes have been dam­aged by flood wa­ters or lost ac­cess be­cause of flood­ing, the prov­ince said. Wa­ter lev­els ap­pear to have crested in the First Na­tion. The Man­i­toba govern­ment has sent 100 Tiger Tube dams to help with flood-fight­ing ef­forts there, it said.

The Town of Roblin de­clared a state of lo­cal emer­gency in or­der to deal with over­land flood­ing caused by spring run- off.

The Town and Ru­ral Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Birtle have de­clared a state of lo­cal emer­gency to deal with pos­si­ble flood­ing along Bird­tail Creek, the prov­ince said. It is­sued a news re­lease early Satur­day morn­ing warn­ing people in parts of western Man­i­toba about po­ten­tial flood­ing.

A large ice jam near a rail bridge is hold­ing back wa­ter on Bird­tail Creek, the Man­i­toba Hy­dro­log­i­cal Fore­cast Cen­tre said. When the ice lets go, it may cause a surge of wa­ter along the creek north of Birtle.

People liv­ing in low-ly­ing ar­eas of Bird­tail Creek down­stream of the for­mer rail­way em­bank­ment should be pre­pared to leave the area quickly, the Man­i­toba Emer­gency Mea­sures Or­ga­ni­za­tion said in a news re­lease.

The EMO said it con­tacted com­mu­ni­ties and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that could be af­fected in­clud­ing Birtle, Min­iota and Ross­burn; the Bird­tail Sioux First Na­tion and the Way­way­seecapo First Na­tion. The prov­ince said it’s work­ing with lo­cal gov­ern­ments to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion and up­date the pub­lic.

Else­where in the prov­ince, the RM of Fisher re­ports two homes have been pro­tected with wa­ter tube bar­ri­ers and lo­ca­tions where wa­ter is over the roads are be­ing mon­i­tored.

The Town of Ar­borg has de­liv­ered sand­bags to two houses fac­ing po­ten­tial flood­ing.

The Fisher River Cree First Na­tion has pro­tected ap­prox­i­mately seven houses that are af­fected by lo­cal run- off. The Man­i­toba govern­ment planned to deliver 80 wa­ter tube bar­ri­ers to Fisher River Satur­day.

The Town of Minnedosa is mon­i­tor­ing flood­ing in low-ly­ing ar­eas within the town and has added additional flood pro­tec­tion to its ex­ist­ing dikes, the prov­ince said.

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