Newspaper article The Canadian Press

140 People Forced from Homes Due to Heavy Rain, Flooding on Alberta First Nation

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

140 People Forced from Homes Due to Heavy Rain, Flooding on Alberta First Nation

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Heavy rain, flooding forces 140 out on First Nation

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HIGH LEVEL, Alta. - Up to 140 people have been forced from their homes due to flooding in an indigenous community in northwestern Alberta.

Chief Joe Pastion of the Dene Tha' First Nation says a state of emergency has been declared.

He says 120 to 140 people are being housed in the school in Chateh, one of three reserves that make up the First Nation.

Pastion says several days of heavy rain have caused Sousa Creek to overflow.

"There's about 20 to 30 houses flooded, not submerged. The approach to the homes, the roads, are washed out. You can't drive in for your safety, and the majority of those houses the power is out due to hazards. Our members will be losing a lot of their contents in their houses," Pastion said Thursday. …

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