With evacuees packing their bags to head back to Pelican Narrows, officials from the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation said there is still much work to be done.
Chief Peter A. Beatty of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation said he felt good about lifting the general evacuation order, but acknowledged the volume of work ahead.
“It was a lot of work to do the evacuation itself, and then to do this one, it’s just as much work to get people back to the community,” Beatty said. “Making sure everyone travels safe and makes it home safe, and ensuring everyone has what they need in terms of fuel and food to get home.”
Beatty said the focus now shifts to ensuring the supply chain of food to the community stays intact. Highway 106 to Creighton and Flin Flon is still closed to general traffic and convoys are being used to escort people along that route.
The chief said the Cree Nation has been working closely with RCMP and security teams throughout the evacuation to ensure property is kept safe. A curfew had been implemented during the evacuation, which Beatty said will stay in place.
“The curfew will continue until all people are back in their own homes,” Beatty said. “The curfew was from nine at night until seven in the morning, so you can’t be walking around unless you have business [to attend to] around that time.”
For students registered in Pelican Narrows, Beatty said they would be back in class next week. In order to make up for missed time, Beatty said additional weeks will be tacked on to the end of the school year.
“That will work itself out so the students aren’t affected that much,” Beatty said.
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