Flood Watch Continues At Red Earth First Nation
Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 13:42
Emergency evacuation measures are in place at the Red Earth First Nation should the community need to be evacuated because of the expected flooding of the Carrot River this weekend.
Chief Miller Nawakayas says the Emergency Response Team is standing by and the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority is in regular contact with the band regarding the river’s level.
Nawakayas says everything is in place and ready to go just in case an evacuation of the reserve is needed.
He says he has been in meetings with the Town of Nipawin and the Prince Albert Grand Council to set up evacuation centres for displaced community members should this weekend’s predicted flood forces them off the reserve.
Nawakayas says the community is on alert and everyone will be notified immediately should an emergency evacuation need to take place.
Meantime, the watershed authority says the flooding may not hit Red Earth until later in the weekend.
Authority spokesman Doug Johnson says the flows will peak later than initially predicted, but the reserve may start to experience flooding late in the weekend or early next week.