Marten Falls FN: State of Emergency Declared

MFFN Albany River Ice damage
MFFN Albany River Ice damage to the water pump shed

MARTEN FALLS – The Chief and Council of Marten Falls First Nation have declared a State of Emergency in the remote First Nation of Marten Falls.

This State of Emergency is declared due to the cresting of the Albany River at the townsite of Marten Falls First Nation resulting in extensive damage to the pump house thereby disabling the water treatment system in the community. The community could be without water for weeks according to the technicians currently on the ground.

The condition of the sewage plant is unknown at this time.

Chief Bruce Achneepineskum is requesting the Minister of Indigenous Services effect the immediate evacuation of vulnerable and elderly persons from the community to Thunder Bay. Further evacuations may be required pending the status of the sewer and water systems.