Two communities in Saskatchewan — the Standing Buffalo First Nation and the village of Lebret — have declared emergencies as officials cope with rising flood waters.

Three families have been relocated from Standing Buffalo, which is about 80 kilometres northeast of Regina. Officials in the community declared a state of emergency after waters rose quickly overnight.

Volunteers have been sandbagging around the community to protect homes and the school.

In nearby Lebret, water from Mission Lake was running over the road in four areas along St. George Street and was threatening to inundate other sections of the road.

Cabin properties were also noted to be in danger of flooding.

The community has issued a voluntary evacuation order. As of Thursday afternoon, no permanent residents have had to leave their homes.

Meanwhile, people who had to leave the Cowessess First Nation have been told they may return.

About 200 residents from the reserve east of Regina were forced from their homes last week.

Another 700 people, from the Red Earth First Nation, east of Prince Albert, Sask., were also cleared to return home. About 400 were expected to return home Wednesday night with the rest expected back on Thursday. Officials from that community said the local highway was passable after flood waters receded.