Flood-related evacuations begin at Peguis First Nation
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.