Two First Nations communities in the area have declared states of emergency with severe flooding seen across the region, as well as a number of communities in the Fort Frances area.
Leaders of the Grassy Narrows First Nation and the Wabaseemoong Independent Nation both issued state of emergency notices earlier this week, allowing communities to access provincial assistance in the event of an emergency. flood.
Ministry of the Solicitor General spokesperson Brent Ross says Emergency Management Ontario (EMO), the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry have all deployed resources in affected communities.
“EMO is working with other provincial ministries and several Ontario municipalities that can offer support and assistance,” says Ross. “The Province will continue to work closely with affected First Nations communities and municipalities, the federal government and the [non-governmental organization] sector to ensure that all necessary resources are deployed to protect those affected by the floods.
The municipalities of Kenora and Red Lake have both been under a local state of emergency since May 10.
Other communities that have since issued local state of emergency notices include Marten Falls First Nation near Thunder Bay, Naicatchewenin First Nation, Seine River First Nation, Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation and Lac La Croix First Nation near Fort Frances, as well as Emo, Fort Frances, Conmee, Ignace, Morley and La Vallée.