Attawapiskat facing flood waters

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Attawapiskat Spring 2013 Flooding

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Attawapiskat Spring 2013 Flooding

ATTAWAPISKAT- The northern community of Attawapiskat is facing flooding danger. The ice has not broken out of the river yet. It is spring, and most of the men are still out hunting, along with most of women and many of the children. Some families are coming back from bush hunt to find the damage being caused by flood waters.

Attawapiskat Flooding

Sources tell NetNewsLedger that  school is apparently closed for both Monday and Tuesday. Reportedly this is water from ditches that are still frozen.

The ground is frozen, and water cannot go anywhere. It is rising and going into homes.

The flood waters are also causing sewage to go reverse, so raw sewage is reportedly coming up drains into homes.

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Local dogs patrol the streets in Attawapiskat

Many in the community are worried. Likely there is a fear that the federal government will not respond with help as fast as it is needed.

Some of the men, who are out hunting near Akamaski Island, are reported  stuck for the night and have  decided to camp out half way to Attawapiskat. This is due to rising water between Akamaski and Attawapiskat.

Sewage backing up into crawlspaces

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A scene many in Thunder Bay likely remember from the May 2012 flood basement crawlspace in Attawapiskat

Spring time hunts for geese and game to get the summer food storage started.