UPDATE: entire Red Earth First Nation evacuated due to pending flood

By CKOM News
July 16, 2016 - 7:17am

Rising water levels have prompted a Saskatchewan First Nation to take action.

The province said leadership in Red Earth made the decision Friday to evacuate approximately 800 residents -- as the Carrot River peak is expected overnight and there are concerns about maintaining access to the community.

Around 200 “health priority” individuals were evacuated the previous day and relocated to the Hank Reys Soccer Centre in Saskatoon. The latest wave of evacuees will be housed in several centres, likely Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Regina.

The Government of Saskatchewan is working closely with the community and has deployed flood mitigation equipment, along with a number of personnel to assist local emergency operations.

According to the province, five communities remain under a state of emergency: Carrot River, Aborfield, R.M. of Arborfield, Shoal Lake Cree Nation and Red Earth First Nation.

However, Shoal Lake Cree Nation is expected to lift its state of emergency late Friday.

There are now 11 communities designated for provincial disaster

This latest evacuation is expected to be the last one connected to the recent flooding.

The Red Earth First Nation is located 225 kilometres northeast of Prince Albert.

For those interested in donating to help affected people and communities experiencing floods, the Red Cross is supplying clean-up kits along with food for workers involved.

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