Dozens of families in a First Nations community in Manitoba have been forced from their homes after water levels from the nearby Fisher River quickly rose late Friday.
In its latest flood bulletin on Saturday, the province of Manitoba said approximately 50 homes on the Peguis First Nation have been damaged by flood waters, or have been cut off from dry land, while 34 people were forced from their homes.
Officials at the local flood centre said they weren’t able to install flood barriers in time, as water levels quickly rose over a period of about an hour.
“We were watching and monitoring the water and it came so fast we lost some houses," Dolores Stevenson, a work supervisor at Peguis First Nation flood centre, told CTV News, on Saturday. "We couldn’t sandbag them fast enough."
The Manitoba government says it has since sent 100 Tiger Tube dams -- which can be filled with water and used as barriers -- to the community.
Evacuations are being co-ordinated by the Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters.
And while the water appears to have crested, the province says additional homes may still need to be evacuated.
A flood warning remains in place for the Fisher River, for all points along the Birdtail Creek downstream of Provincial Trunk Highway 45, and all points along the Little Saskatchewan River.
The province warns that a former railway embankment that’s currently blocking water could potentially fail, causing water to travel down Birdtail Creek.