Manitoba calls on Ottawa to flood-proof reserves

The Manitoba government is calling on the federal government to invest heavily to flood-proof reserves.

Evacuation costs related to 2011 flood hit $90M

Manitoba is calling on the federal government to invest heavily to flood-proof reserves.

Emergency Measures Minister Steve Ashton says Ottawa should invest in upgrading chronically flooded reserves in order to save money down the road. (CBC)
Emergency Measures Minister Steve Ashton says Ottawa should spend millions to upgrade chronically flooded reserves and save money down the road.

He says many native people were historically moved onto a flood plain and should be better protected.

About 2,000 aboriginal people are still out of their homes almost three years after severe flooding in Manitoba in the spring of 2011.

The tab for caring for those evacuees has cost the federal government just over $90 million so far.

Ashton says that money would have been better spent upgrading communities so homes were safe from flood waters.

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