Five times in the last 16 years, the Fisher River has overflowed its banks in the Peguis First Nation.
The river’s wave is so small, տեղ Manitoba’s northern Interlake area is so flat that it does not take much for the flood to spread to the Anishinaabey Creek community.
Every time there is a flood, the state and federal governments respond with some form of relief. Depending on the severity of the flood, the aid included sandbags, pumps, hotel billing, and even the replacement of dozens of flood-damaged homes.
What Peguis do not have yet, even 2006, 2009, 2011, 2014 և now after the floods this year, is any form of permanent flood protection for the 3053 people in the community.
This means that on average, flooding the Fisher River every three or four years requires the mass displacement of a significant portion of Peguis’s population.
This occurs when all communities in the Red River Valley, including smaller centers such as Morris, Emerson, St. Adolf’s Rozo First Nation, are protected by ring rocks built so high that floodwaters do not allow them to flood. :
There is nothing wrong with Peguis
“Do you see a ring around the Peguis like you see in Mauritius or anywhere else?” “There is no such thing here,” Glenn Hudson, head of Peguis, told CBC News last week.
He expressed frustration that the federal government had not provided permanent protection to his community from the Fisher River.
“In terms of long-term efforts to protect against floods, very little money has been found for this purpose. This is something we have asked the federal government to do,” he said.
A 2008 study identified four options for Peguis: retaining water against the current, building a deflection wave, erecting houses on mounds, or building barns on either side of the Fisher River or around groups of houses.
In Peguis, a compact ring body is not an option, given the linear layout of the community, where houses are built on both sides of the Fisher River and stretch for miles.
Hudson said the subversive wave would cost about $ 50 million and a subversive series $ 90 million.
There are no firm promises for long-term protection
Neither the federal nor the state government wants to select part of this tab. Peguis’s long-running flood protection issues are met with uncertain assurances about the future.
The federal liberal government will not promise anything on Tuesday.
“Our government continues to focus on the immediate aftermath of the floods,” said Kyle Allen, a spokesman for Manitoba Senior MP Dan Vandal.
“Our government will work with all government orders to fight floods in Manitoba for a long time.”
The state’s progressive Conservative government is also committed to working with other levels of government.
“When we look at the long-term perspective, we need to work together to make sure everyone is involved,” said Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Doyle Pivnyuk on Monday.
“This is something we have to work with the federal government.”
In other words, you can add a permanent flood protection solution for Peguis to the list of things that Manitoba’s First Nations communities require but cannot easily obtain because of the intergovernmental cavity that requires Ottawa և. The first nations all receive. on the same page.
Pivnyuk cited Manitoba-Lake St. Martin outlets as something the state of Ottawa is doing to help flood-prone First Nations along the Fairford River, which empties Lake Manitoba into Lake Winnipeg.
But let’s be clear. These waves will also benefit dozens of indigenous and non-indigenous communities on the shores of Lake Manitoba. They will allow Assinibo to divert land to Lake Manitoba without causing water levels to rise on a shallow lake, as they did in 2011 when Assiniboine’s record volume shifted north.
The waves will also benefit the city of Winnipeg, the main beneficiary of Portage Diversion, which diverts Asiniboin from the city during significant floods and enters Lake Manitoba instead.
In other words, Lake Manitoba-St. Martin Lake outlets, first designed in 2011, are not facilities designed solely to protect the First Nations from flooding.
They will be funded by the state, as well as Ottawa, when environmental approvals are developed.
There is currently no such funding for Peguis First Nation flood protection.
The community, however, would have dried up if it had never been forced to move from its fertile farmland to St. Petersburg in the Red River Valley, where each community enjoys constant flood protection.
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