Residents on the move after flooding hits James Smith Cree Nation

Residents on the move after flooding hits James Smith Cree Nation

A hundred people from the James Smith Cree Nation are making their way to Melfort, Sask., due to flooding on the south end of their reserve.

Roads there have become extremely muddy, which means affected homes have no water deliveries, no sewage or garbage pickup, and no access for police or ambulances.

Band councillor Alvin Moostoos said the reserve declared a state of emergency on Tuesday.

"I'm not sure how long it's going to be," he said. "We're hoping it doesn't rain this weekend, but the forecast calls for a little bit of rain."

The Canadian Red Cross has been brought to assist in evacuating approximately 66 "health priority residents" to Melfort. Moostoos said most of these priority residents are elderly, on dialysis, pregnant or have existing medical conditions. 

The provincial government said it has reached out to the community and offered support with pumps to move water, and vehicles with water tanks to supply water to cisterns. But the community has not requested any additional support from the province. 

The James Smith Cree Nation has flooded twice in the past five years.

It's located 175 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, downstream from where the North and South Saskatchewan rivers merge.