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- Created: Monday, 19 August 2013 13:37
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By Tamara Forlanski Reporter/Anchor
The federal government has admitted it is mostly to blame for the troubles faced by flood evacuees.
Ottawa made public the results of a review, showing it had just one staffer in Manitoba to respond to the needs of thousands of First Nations people displaced by flooding in 2011.
“The emergency management system essentially depended on one person, which is unreasonable given the breadth of issues that arose during this emergency; the number of communities involved; and the 24-hour per day nature of the emergency,” the report stated.
The federal government was responsible for protecting 27 first nations and ordering the evacuation of 12 communities.
“It seems they didn’t take this flood seriously,” said Edee O’Meara, an evacuee from Fairford First Nation. “They didn’t take our lives seriously.”
The review recommends a complete overhaul for how emergency situations are handled in the future including putting in place protocols to make sure flood fighting and evacuations are dealt with properly.
“We know they’ll take those recommendations seriously because there is a lot of first nation people who are still not back home experiencing hardship,” said Premier Greg Selinger.
O’Meara said the report is a good first step but it offers little comfort things will change.
“It doesn’t give us enough answers,” she said. “It doesn’t give us any explanation as to what is going on.”