More than 1,900 Manitobans are still out of their homes three years after one of the worst floods in the province's history, and the majority of them are from four First Nations.

The cost of supporting evacuees has risen to nearly $100 million; some of them have raised concerns about where all the money has gone.

The federal and provincial governments are working to get displaced residents home.

Manitoba's emergency measures minister, Steve Ashton, said an adequate long-term solution takes time.

“It's far better to invest in flood mitigation and making sure people have homes and live-in communities that are flood-protected,” said Ashton.

In the meantime, there have been investigations into inaccurate evacuee lists and financial mismanagement.

This week, it was revealed that one First Nation had sold condemned, flood-damaged buildings — despite the fact that Ottawa has already paid half of a nearly $2-million contract to have the buildings demolished.

Evacuee Alex Marsden witnessed some of the properties being moved.

 “Why were they removed if they were condemned? Why were they sold? and where did all that money go,” said Marsden.

Ottawa confirmed it is investigating why condemned buildings have been sold and where the money has gone.

None of the chiefs could be reached for comment.

Lingering flood effects of 2011

As of January 2014, the cost to support all long-term evacuations of First Nations residents affected by floods in 2011 was approximately $89 million.

As of March 25, the total evacuee count is 1,903:

Peguis First Nation (total 151)

  • No. in private accommodations — 151
  • No. in hotels — 0

Pinaymootang First Nation (total 10)

  • No. in private — 9
  • No. in hotels — 1

Lake St. Martin (total 1,104)

  • No. in private — 1,044
  • No. in hotels  — 13
  • No. with extended family — 47

Ebb & Flow First Nation (total 51)

  • No. in private — 51
  • No. in hotels — 0

Dauphin River First Nation (total 216)

  • No. in private  209
  • No. in hotels  1
  • No. with extended family  6

Little Saskatchewan First Nation (total 371)

  • No. in private  353
  • No. in hotels  7
  • No. with extended family — 11

"The Government of Canada recognizes that this is a difficult situation for those First Nations individuals and families who remain evacuated from their homes following the 2011 floods," the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada stated in an email to CBC News.

"Achieving a long-term accommodation solution for First Nations communities affected by the flooding is a priority of this government, and we continue to work in partnership with the Red Cross, affected First Nation communities, and our other emergency partners to ensure long-term recovery and support services are available."

SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada