Sask. First Nation pleads for help after water contaminated by flooding
Published Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:40PM EDT
REGINA - A Saskatchewan First Nation is asking for help to deal with what it calls a growing health crisis due to flooding.
The James Smith Cree Nation, east of Prince Albert, says drinking water in at least nine homes was contaminated when flood water leaked into their cisterns.
It says a child had to be airlifted from the community on the weekend after getting sick from drinking the water.
Chief Wally Burns says heavy rains are destroying what's left of roads and water systems.
Burns says that's creating dangerous health conditions, especially for children and elders.
The community of 3,000 declared a local state of emergency on Aug. 4 and more than 120 people have been forced to leave their homes.