Flooding concerns eased for a Saskatchewan First Nation
Residents of a northeast Saskatchewan First Nation can breathe a sigh of
"There will be some flooding on our surrounding marshlands but nothing that will really force an evacuation," said Red Earth Cree Nation Chief Ian McKay.
The combination of a slower ice melt and a dryer winter, have helped this year.
In years past, flooding has forced residents to evacuate. Only a handful of band members have remained behind to help mitigate the damage.
Chief McKay is just returning from a trip to Edmonton, where he met with representatives from Environment Canada. He made a presentation regarding the band's annual flood issues.
"We weren't there really looking for a solution, rather to inform them and acquire a better understanding by the agency to find a solution,' said McKay. "Not necessarily funding just better strategies to improve the overall quality of life for our people,"
He said there needs to be a better strategy in place between the federal and provincial levels of government to deal with the flooding. He hopes to hear a response soon.