Hundreds of Peguis First Nation members flee their homes as rising Fisher River floods community

Flooding has forced hundreds of people living in Peguis First Nation from their homes after local officials issued a mandatory evacuation order on Sunday.

A total of 920 people are now in hotels in Winnipeg.

Chief Glenn Hudson said he had never seen such severe flooding.

“It’s worse than the 2011 flood, which was a huge event for us in terms of flooding, but I think it’s probably one of the worst on record,” he told Marcy Markusa, host of CBC Manitoba’s morning radio show. news radio.

The community of Interlake, 160 kilometers north of Winnipeg, is the most populous First Nation in the province with approximately 11,000 members, 4,800 of whom live in the community.

The Interlake and east of Lake Winnipeg regions received an average of 30 to 50 millimeters of precipitation over the weekend, following a month of massive rain and snowfall that has already saturated the ground,” said Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure.

Over the weekend, ice jams at the mouth of the Fisher River caused water levels to rise behind them and flow down roads, flooding the community despite sandbagging efforts.

“There were many homes that were breached,” Hudson said.

“Where the majority of these homes are in the center of the community along the Fisher River, many of these homes have been surrounded by water.”

There are 480 homes surrounded by floodwaters near the Fisher River, he said.

Buses transported people out of the community and into Winnipeg.