SIOUX LOOKOUT – Sol Mamakwa released the following statement calling for an emergency response from the provincial and federal governments to help communities in Kiiwetinoong and the Northwest being severely impacted by flooding.
“The flooding happening now in Sioux Lookout is affecting homes and businesses across the municipality. In Red Lake, their only access roads are still cut off by flooding, impacting their access to essential goods and services.
Pikangikum, Poplar Hill and Grassy Narrows First Nations are all being flooded. They need federal and provincial assistance now.
Camp owners and tourist operators up and down Highway 105 cannot guarantee safe passage to their customers travelling in for the beginning of the season.
The response from provincial and federal governments is not adequate and is not reaching people during this crisis. People don’t know where to turn. They are helping each other to protect their homes and their property, but they urgently need the support of their governments now.
I am calling on both levels of government to treat this crisis as an emergency and mobilize the resources needed to help the people of Kiiwetinoong and the Northwest now. There is no more time to waste.”