NEWS
04/02/2017 16:10 EDT | Updated 04/03/2018 01:12 EDT

Floodwaters force 84 people out of Peguis First Nation

Eighty-four community members from Peguis First Nation have been forced from their homes as floodwaters continue to rise on the Manitoba First Nation.

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The community's chief says as many as 300 homes on the reserve have been impacted by overland flooding.

Chief Glenn Hudson said 84 people were taken to Winnipeg hotels, with more on their way Sunday afternoon. The Red Cross has been called in. 

Peguis is the latest Manitoba community to be impacted by floodwaters. In recent days, high river levels, ice jams, and overland flooding have wreaked havoc in the province.

Hudson said Peguis has flooded every year for 30 years but water this year seems to be more severe.

The chief said this year's flood is starting to resemble the 2011 flood that damaged homes and forced a wide-scale evacuation. 

"It's starting to creep up in those areas as far as the number of homes impacted."

The First Nation declared a local state of emergency on Friday and is asking the province for help.

Peguis is the latest Manitoba community to declare a state of emergency.

The Swan River and the rural municipalities of Grey, Two Borders, Dufferin and La Broquerie have already declared local states of emergencies.