Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Overland flooding forces Peguis residents to leave

  • Print

PEGUIS First Nation declared a state of emergency when overland flooding led to the voluntary evacuation of 255 people with another 500 expected to leave the Interlake First Nation of 7,000 by Wednesday evening.

Some 160 homes are reported to be surrounded by flood water. Homeowners are in a race to keep their pumps ahead of the rising Fisher River and the main highway into the area is covered with water.

Hundreds of volunteers are filling sandbags at Peguis flood headquarters. Peguis is located 220 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

Meanwhile, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn-A-in-chut Atleo issued a statement of solidarity Wednesday with Manitoba First Nations battling flood waters.

"The AFN fully supports the citizens and leadership of Lake St. Martin First Nation, Little Saskatchewan First Nation and Peguis First Nation," said Atleo. "These communities are already grappling with difficult living conditions and health issues caused by years of flooding.

"This is now a chronic, annual problem and the people need and deserve action to prevent flooding."

Lake St. Martin and Little Saskatchewan First Nation are about 280 kilometres north of Winnipeg. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada is working with the communities to build some temporary clay dikes.

The province has ordered an immediate study on flood impacts at the Lake St. Martin, where leaders say the ground is super-saturated from the chronic release of flood waters through water control structures.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 14, 2011 A4

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

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.

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 April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Lindor Reynolds speaks candidly about life with terminal cancer

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A water lily in full bloom is reflected in the pond at the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden Tuesday afternoon. Standup photo. Sept 11,  2012 (Ruth Bonneville/Winnipeg Free Press)
  • Two Canadian geese perch themselves for a perfect view looking at the surroundings from the top of a railway bridge near Lombard Ave and Waterfront Drive in downtown Winnipeg- Standup photo- May 01, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Who will you vote for in Wednesday's mayoral race?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google