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‘A Fresh Start:’ Deal Reached for 4,000 Manitoba First Nations Flood Evacuees

‘A Fresh Start:’ Deal Reached for 4,000 Manitoba First Nations Flood Evacuees

By The Canadian Press

Lake St. Martin
The Lake St. Martin emergency channel looking northeast towards Lake Winnipeg in this file photo. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG – About 4,000 members of Manitoba First Nations displaced by flooding six years ago are to share most of a $90-million settlement in a class-action lawsuit they filed against the provincial and federal governments.

Lawyer Sabrina Lombardi says payments could flow to the Lake St. Martin, Dauphin River, Little Saskatchewan and Pinaymootang First Nations as early as next spring if the deal is approved by a judge later this year.

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Mayor Says Churchill Can’t Wait Until Spring for Rail Service; Premier Mulls Aid

Mayor Says Churchill Can’t Wait Until Spring for Rail Service; Premier Mulls Aid

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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The flooded-out Hudson Bay Railway is a lifeline for Churchill, Manitoba. (OMNITRAX / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG – People in sub-arctic Churchill, Man., face the prospect of running out of heating fuel over the winter unless the region’s rail line is repaired and service is restored, Mayor Mike Spence said Wednesday.

Spence met with federal and provincial politicians in Winnipeg and tried to persuade them to help the rail line’s owner speed up plans to repair damage from extensive flooding this spring.

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Quebec Homeowners Face Potential Post-Flooding Woes: Mosquitoes, Critters, Parasites

Quebec Homeowners Face Potential Post-Flooding Woes: Mosquitoes, Critters, Parasites

By Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

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A man makes his way through the flooded streets in Laval, Que., on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Even as swollen rivers have receded in Quebec, some experts suggest historic flooding this year could mean critter and pest-related woes in months and years to come. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

MONTREAL – Even as swollen rivers have receded in Quebec, some experts suggest historic flooding this year could mean critter and pest-related woes in months and years to come.

For now, heavy water accumulation has created standing pools of water which could translate into fertile ground for mosquito populations this year.

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Six Years Later: New Houses Headed to Manitoba First Nation Forced Out by Flood

Six Years Later: New Houses Headed to Manitoba First Nation Forced Out by Flood

By The Canadian Press

Lake St. Martin Emergency Channel
Provincial crews open the Lake St. Martin emergency channel. (GOVERNMENT OF MANITOBA / FILE)

WINNIPEG – The first new houses are on the way for a Manitoba First Nations community devastated by flooding six years ago.

The Lake St. Martin reserve was hit hard in the spring of 2011 and almost 2,000 people had to leave their homes.

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More Flood Evacuees from Long Plain First Nation Return Home

More Flood Evacuees from Long Plain First Nation Return Home

Flood Update
Lee Spencer, assistant deputy minister of Emergency Measures Organization, and Doug McMahon, assistant deputy minister of water management, provide an update on Manitoba’s flood situation, Friday, April 13, 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

More flood evacuees from Long Plain First Nation have returned to their homes.

The Canadian Red Cross says more than 60 of the 101 evacuees were allowed to go home on Wednesday. They had been staying in hotels in Portage la Prairie.

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Waywayseecappo Flood Evacuees Return Home

Waywayseecappo Flood Evacuees Return Home

By Sarah Klein

St. Francois Xavier Flooding
Caron Drive in St. Francois Xavier west of Winnipeg on Saturday, April 15, 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Flood evacuees from Waywayseecappo First Nation have returned home after being forced out due to rising water earlier this month.

The family of four had been staying in Russell, Manitoba but were able to check out on Monday.

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Assiniboine River Crests in Portage la Prairie

Assiniboine River Crests in Portage la Prairie

Portage Spillway
The Portage Spillway, as seen on Sunday, April 2, 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)
Flood Update
Lee Spencer, assistant deputy minister of Emergency Measures Organization, and Doug McMahon, assistant deputy minister of water management, provide an update on Manitoba’s flood situation, Friday, April 13, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Assiniboine River crested at Portage la Prairie on Friday.

Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports flows at an estimated 38,600 cfs. Crews at the Portage Diversion have completed preparations for emergency flows above 25,000 cfs.

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Brandon Ready as Assiniboine River Crests in Coming Days

Brandon Ready as Assiniboine River Crests in Coming Days

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The aqua dam dike on 1st Street in Brandon to hold back the Assiniboine River, Sunday, April 9, 2017. (EBRANDON.CA)

BRANDON, Man. — Officials in Brandon are as ready as they can be as the rising Assiniboine River is expected to crest in the next 48 hours.

As of Sunday morning, the river was sitting at 1,178.68 feet above sea level at 1st Street. The Assiniboine could peak at approximately 1,180 feet either later today or Monday.

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