Lindsey told the Legislature this week Manitoba communities are feeling the impact of flooding and forest fires and the north continues to bear the brunt of these natural disasters. He says ice jamming on northern rivers and overland flooding have disrupted the lives of many communities who have to face property damage and undergo evacuations. He noted flood damage has left the rail line to Churchill out of commission and has made the town somewhat inaccessible other than by air. Lindsey adds fire activity is always a risk in Northern Manitoba and forest fire conditions can become extreme and cause fires to spread quickly, become out of control and threaten our northern communities.
Lindsey also noted the quick response by the Emergency Measures Organization in repairing the flood damage done on highway 391 for the people of Lynn Lake and Thompson. He told the government we need to find long term solutions for prevention and protection measures for both flooding and forest fires and we need to ensure that supplies are getting to all communities impacted by flood and fire damage.