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Ebb and Flow evacuation ends

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Residents of the Ebb and Flow First Nation are finally going home.

Federal Aboriginal and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt said Wednesday 51 people evacuated from their homes as a result of the 2011 flood will be returning to their First Nation and moving into new homes.

The announcement stated 29 new homes and primary roadwork, 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 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."

A press release said "all flood evacuees will be back home in their community in the coming weeks."

Ebb and Flow is on the west side of Lake Manitoba, about 180 kilometres from Winnipeg.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 8, 2014 A3

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