Flooding could force more than 100 from homes in Northern Manitoba
Rising levels on the Saskatchewan River are expected to wreak havoc for Opaskwayak Cree Nation
More than 100 people are expected to be forced from their homes in Northern Manitoba due to rising floodwaters.
The residents are from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and are being forced from their homes due to ice jamming on the Saskatchewan River.
Connie Wyatt-Anderson lives in the Carrot Valley region of Manitoba, about two kilometres west of where the evacuations are taking place. She said roads have been blocked off in the area.
"The water is tremendously high," Wyatt-Anderson said Saturday night when reached by phone.
The Canadian Red Cross is taking care of evacuees.
A Red Cross spokesperson said the evacuees would be taken to The Pas, Man. to stay in hotels.
Opaskwayak Cree Nation is the latest Manitoba First Nation to be hit by floodwaters. The Red Cross is already providing services to evacuees from the following Indigenous communities:
- Peguis First Nation.
- Long Plain First Nation.
- Sioux Valley Dakota Nation.
- Canupawapka Dakota First Nation.
- Waywayseecappo First Nation.
Opaskwayak Cree Nation is located about 520 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.