Attawapiskat Flooding Concerns as Spring Hits

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Warm weather is melting away the winter snow and river ice. Attawapiskat worries about possible flooding - Photo by Rosiewoman Cree
Warm weather is melting away the winter snow and river ice. Attawapiskat worries about possible flooding - Photo by Rosiewoman Cree

Warm weather is melting away the winter snow and river ice. Attawapiskat worries about possible flooding - Photo by Rosiewoman Cree
Warm weather is melting away the winter snow and river ice. Attawapiskat worries about possible flooding – Photo by Rosiewoman Cree

ATTAWAPISKAT – Warm weather in Ontario’s North is raising concerns over spring flooding in several northern communities.

In Attawapiskat and Fort Kashechewan, spring is welcomed. Communities get going on long traditional activities, including the spring goose hunt.

However the long running worries about flooding are sadly becoming a new and unwanted tradition.

The weather becomes a serious issue for communities in the spring. If the snow and ice on rivers melt too fast, the risk of flooding increases.

In many communities, that leads to issues with water, and with potential evacuations.

In Kashechewan, there are people still waiting to return from previous evacuations.

The issue of rising spring meltwaters can impact lives in northern communities, who depend on air travel to get to safer ground in many cases.

The spring flood water in Attawapiskat and Kashechewan is ongoing.

Springtime brings welcome warmth but fears of flooding in Attawapiskat and Kashechewan - Photo by Rosiewoman Cree
Springtime brings welcome warmth but fears of flooding in Attawapiskat and Kashechewan – Photo by Rosiewoman Cree