Disaster relief agencies are kicking into high gear as northern flood evacuees arrive in Saskatoon.
There are 175 people already staying at the soccer centre in Lawson Heights and over 30 people are staying at a local hotel for medical reasons. Other evacuees are expected in the coming days.
Stella Carrier, her husband and their two children travelled from Cumberland House First Nation. They were also forced to flee the community back in 2005.
"It's hard not being in your own home and everything," Stella said. "It's pretty tough with the kids wanting to do everything and you can't really do anything at all with them."
They arrived Sunday and expect to be away from home for three weeks. The family was being housed in the soccer centre but were moved to a hotel because of her daughter's asthma.
"It's cold and it's no good for the kids," she said. "The air conditioning gives them colds."
Stella misses her home, but said staying in a hotel will make their stay a bit more bearable.
"It's a lot better and it's more home I guess than the gym," she said. "It'll be a lot easier looking after the kids in here keeping them in one place instead of chasing them all over the gym."
The relief effort at the centre is co-ordinated between groups like the Salvation Army, the Canadian Red Cross, the Health Region and the City of Saskatoon. They're supplying everything from cots to food to laundry services.
"There's also separate shower facilities for men and women, there's a first aid station, there's sort of a primary health centre, there's a station for washing and cleaning baby bottles because there's lots of infants there," said Richard Kies of the Red Cross.
Keeping track of the evacuees is a challenge for the relief agencies. The Red Cross is urging evacuees to register with the agency when they arrive so that family and friends know that everyone is safe, and so they can be directed to shelters.