Manitoba

The Pas declares state of emergency as waters rise

The Pas and a nearby First Nation have declared local states of emergency as waters continue to rise on the nearby Saskatchewan and Carrot Rivers.

Flood waters from Alberta force northern Manitoba community into state of emergency

Residents in The Pas build sandbags to protect their community from the rising Saskatchewan River. (Facebook)

The Pas and a nearby First Nation have declared local states of emergency as waters continue to rise on the nearby Saskatchewan and Carrot Rivers.

The area has been hit hard by heavy rains in recent weeks, forcing water levels on both rivers up.

Officials with the R.M. of Kelsey, where The Pas and the Opaskwayak Cree Nation are located, said they anticipate waters to rise even more when flood waters from Alberta arrive later this month.

Alberta was hit hard by flooding over the past weeks, forcing evacuations of entire communities, destroying homes and buildings as well as taking lives.

Now, residents in The Pas and surrounding areas are bracing themselves for serious flooding as Alberta’s waters approach their homes. On Tuesday, officials declared a local state of emergency for the entire RM of Kelsey.

Officials said they expect water levels to surpass those of 2011, when there was major flooding across Manitoba.

Sandbagging machines are running in two locations in the community, and officials are urging people to volunteer to help fill and place the sandbags.

Residents have also been advised to stay off the Saskatchewan and Carrot Rivers.