MOOSE CREE FIRST NATION – Flooding in Moose Factory Island is impacting the community of Moose Cree First Nation. The Fire and Rescue reports, “As most of you are aware the current ice jam is stopped around both communities of Moose Factory and Moosonee. The water levels are very high and are causing localized flooding in low lying areas of Moose Factory Island”.
In a notice to the community, the Fire Rescue states, “An Emergency Control Group meeting was conducted at 5:45am this morning and we are now declaring Moose Factory under a Stage 5 – Critical Alert, according to Moose Factory’s Emergency Response Plan.
Moose Cree First Nation Flooding Update
The criteria for declaring are as follows;
– Water reaching critical levels
– Family member’s to stay together for safety and be prepared for evacuation purposes
– WGH shall consider evacuating disabled hospital patients
– The community shall wait for evacuation signals from emergency personnel, radio station’s & community channel
“As a Control Group we are asking that all schools be closed at this time. Families are to remain together at home and await further instruction and prepare for a possible evacuation. Please review your emergency newsletter to have enough food, water and supplies in the event of power loss, flood emergency or infrastructure failure, as a precautionary measure. Once again, all residents and businesses in low lying areas, please take appropriate action to prevent minimal loss.
“Moose Factory Island Fire Rescue is on duty with firefighters and volunteers that are monitoring water levels and flows throughout the island. If you experience a significant increase, please notify one of the volunteer fire fighters or emergency services personnel”.
A river surveillance flight will be taken place as soon as the weather permits.
Please do not use roads that are experiencing localized flooding in low lying areas. For your own safety please remain clear of break-up.
Please tune in to channel 24, 107.1 The Island and MFIFR’s Facebook page for updates.