After three years, residents of the Ebb and Flow First Nation are going home.
It was announced today, by Canada's Aboriginal and Northern Development minister Bernard Valcourt, that 51 people who were evacuated from their homes as a result of the 2011 flood will be returning to the Ebb and Flow First Nation and moving into new homes.
The announcement stated that 29 new homes and primary road work, funded by $8.7 million from the Canadian government, were completed in April.
These homes and roads have been located in areas that are either protected by permanent dikes built during the 2011 flood or in areas that were not affected by that flood.
"The 2011 flood was a traumatic event for Ebb and Flow First Nation, and especially for the many people who were evacuated because of the severe infrastructure damages," Ebb and Flow First Nation Chief Nelson Houle said in a statement. "Returning evacuees home is an important step in the recovery of our community. I thank the Government of Canada for its co-operation, and look forward to our partnership in moving our First Nation forward."
A press release stated that "all flood evacuees will be back home in their community in the coming weeks."
"Our Government's priority is the health and safety of Canadians; that's why I am so pleased that all remaining evacuees from Ebb and Flow First Nation will be able to return to their community, in one of the 29 newly built homes," Valcourt stated in the media release. "We will continue working with the leadership of Ebb and Flow First Nation to ensure the families smooth return to their home community."