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Residents on Saskatchewan reserve may need to evacuate

May 1, 2013, Regina – Flooding has prompted a state of emergency on a northwestern Saskatchewan First Nation and officials caution that up to 200 people may have to leave their homes.

May 1, 2013
By The Canadian Press

May 1, 2013, Regina – Flooding has prompted a state of emergency on a northwestern Saskatchewan First Nation and officials caution that up to 200 people may have to leave their homes.

The Onion Lake Cree Nation is the eighth Saskatchewan community to declare a flood emergency since the weekend.

Emergency officials say one home has already been damaged on the reserve, but the bigger concern is being able to get to people if the water rises further.

Rising floodwater has already forced more than 50 people from their homes on the Poundmaker First Nation.

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Emergency declarations are also in place in the towns of Maidstone and Radisson, the village of Borden and the rural municipalities of Great Bend and Elfros.

Water levels on many creeks in southern Saskatchewan are rising with the spring run-off and officials say more snow is likely to melt if the weather warms up this weekend.


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