September 3, 2015


Heat warning in effect

Local

Icebreaker sent in to flooded reserve

Sapotaweyak Cree Nation residents were in a race building sandbag and earthen dikes to protect more than two dozen homes from a rising river on Friday.

But help is on the way today in the form of the province's Amphidex amphibious icebreaker.

Thirty-one homes are threatened by the rising waters of the Shoal River at  Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, 600 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

DAVE GOTT PHOTO / FOR THE FREE PRESS

Thirty-one homes are threatened by the rising waters of the Shoal River at Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, 600 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

Four dozen residents of the community, 600 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, sandbagged Thursday and through Friday.

Chief Nelson Genaille said on Friday that 31 homes were threatened by the rising waters of the Shoal River while another 30 families with medical issues and senior citizens have been moved to hotels in The Pas and Swan River.

"We're looking at a major catastrophe of a couple of million dollars in houses," Genaille said.

"And now, at a curve in the river, ice is blocking there and making a dam."

Genaille said Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation is monitoring a bridge in the community of about 1,000, while officials from the provincial emergency measures organization are on site assessing the flood threat.

"If the bridge goes, the people over there will be stuck until freeze-over," he said.

Genaille said the reserve declared a state of emergency on Thursday at 10 a.m., when the water in the river began backing up.

The area is downstream from Swan Lake and upstream from Lake Winnipegosis, which both already have high water levels from summer rains.

Paul Guyader, EMO's director of operations, said it's hoped the Amphidex will be able to knock out the ice dam which has formed downstream from the bridge.

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 20, 2010 A9

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Scroll down to load more

Top