Manitoba court hearing on $90M settlement for residents of flooded First Nations

WINNIPEG _ Some 4,000 members of Manitoba First Nations may soon get compensation for flooding seven years ago that has left some residents still out of their homes.

 

A court hearing is underway to approve or reject a $90-million settlement in a class-action lawsuit by the Lake St Martin, Dauphin River, Little Saskatchewan, and Pinaymootang First Nations.

 

The communities were damaged by high water in 2011, and say the flooding was due to a reckless diversion of water by the Manitoba government from a river into Lake Manitoba.

 

Michael Peerless, the lawyer for the four First Nations, says only a small number of residents have so far opted out or objected to the settlement reached with the Manitoba and federal governments.

 

He says individual payments will vary depending on how people were affected, but any adult who was displaced will likely receive

$42,000 and $67,000.

 

At least four residents have retained a lawyer to challenge the settlement, saying the formula short-changes people who suffered the most.

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