Families from James Smith Cree Nation returning home
Things are finally looking for up for families from James Smith Cree Nation.
Approximately two weeks ago, families were forced to leave their homes to live in hotels in either Melfort or Prince Albert due to flooding and poor road conditions.
Last week, the situation got worse when those flooding waters began to contaminate their drinking water.
A state of emergency was declared and a boy had to be air lifted to Saskatoon after becoming ill from drinking the water, but the warm weather over the weekend has improved the situation greatly.
Nurse Manager, Rey Lindain, said some families have already returned home. He said the remaining families will receive a call today to come home.
Chief Wally Burns said so far no one else besides the boy that was sent to Saskatoon last week has fallen ill from drinking the water.
“He is at home now and there is lots of improvement there as well,” said Burns.
Currently crews are still working at repairing the roads and it is hoped that at least one of the roads that was flooded over will be passable again by this afternoon.
“These guys have been working late at night right until 12 a.m., so ya they are going hard trying to fix up the roads and put in the culverts," said Burns.
Burns said the provincial and federal government have stepped up and are helping to rebuild the roads.
“I do commend both the provincial and federal government in regards to helping out and assisting us,” he said.
“The roads right now are in very poor condition, but we are bringing them up to par now and hopefully they will be accessible at one stretch of road anyway so we can provide the services.”