Manitoba First Nation sues governments over chronic flooding, wants protection

The Canadian Press  A Manitoba First Nation that has suffered from chronic flooding is suing three levels of government for failing to provide adequate protection over decades. Peguis First Nation filed a statement of claim Wednesday that alleges the federal and Manitoba governments failed to protect the community from frequent flooding that damaged homes and forced evacuations. “Over the course of its history on the reserve land, Peguis has been flooded repeatedly and severely due to natural and man-made causes without the plaintiff receiving any or any meaningful protection, remediation or compensation,” the document says. The lawsuit also alleges two nearby municipalities diverted water from their areas to improve drainage, but in a way that added to flooding on the reserve’s land. The lawsuit contains allegations that have not been…

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