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People getting across Highway 915 to Stanley Mission by boat after the road was washed out Sunday morning.

About 100 people from Stanley Mission have been left stranded after the only road into the community washed out Sunday morning.

Part of Highway 915 collapsed stranding 60 people in Prince Albert and another 30 people in La Ronge. The Chief of the Lac La Ronge band, Tammy Cook-Searson, said local leaders are making sure everyone is looked after.

"Even in emergency situations they have a helicopter in standby," she said. "We haven't had an emergency yet, but we do have people who go in for dialysis every two days from Stanley Mission, so they have a contingency plan in place for that."

People who have to leave the community are being told to contact the Stanley Mission band office — it has arranged a boat to help people get across the open water where the road was washed away. 

She also said the band will help people with the cost of temporary accommodations until people can travel on the road.

Other air travel is also being considered, but first the ice on the Churchill River needs to be checked because the unusually mild weather in the last few days is adding to the problem, she said. Airplanes would use the frozen-over river as a landing strip. 

"It's so unpredictable and different this year because of the flooding we had this past summer."

Doug Wakabayashi with Saskatchewan Highways said they don't know what caused the washout, but the road is expected to be temporarily repaired by Wednesday.