POLITICS

Some Saskatchewan flood evacuees cleared to return to Cumberland House

07/02/2013 10:25 EDT | Updated 09/01/2013 05:12 EDT
CUMBERLAND HOUSE, Sask. - Officials say some residents of a northern Saskatchewan community who were evacuated more than a week ago due to flooding will be able to return home Wednesday.

Mayor Val Deschambeault of Cumberland House said for now, only residents who were temporarily shifted to schools like the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology will be moved back onto the reserve.

He said there is still a lot of risk in returning to the community, so elders and those with chronic illnesses will have to stay behind for now.

Of the community's 2,200 residents, a little more than 1,000 were staying in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Melfort, Nipawin and Tisdale as registered evacuees.

The remainder stayed with family or friends.

There has been no damage reported in the community but the evacuation was ordered because of problems with the main road into the reserve.

“There was ... a culvert that needed addressing a couple years ago. Highways had a temporary fix to it, and now it needs a more permanent fix to it,” said Deschambeault. “The temporary fix washed away.”

Deschambeault said he road has been patched up for now and crews will start to work on a permanent solution to avoid another washout next year.

(CKOM)