May 8, 2014 7:45 am

Some First Nations evacuees from 2011 Manitoba flood going home

Flooding in Manitoba in 2011 forced thousands of First Nations people from their homes.

Lorraine Nickel / Global News

WINNIPEG – Three years after flooding forced them from their homes, some evacuees from a Manitoba aboriginal community are finally able to return.

Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said 51 members of the Ebb and Flow First Nation are heading back in the next few weeks.

Ottawa spent $8.7 million on new homes and roads to make the reserve habitable again, he said.

Around 2,000 aboriginal people are still out of their homes after heavy flooding in Manitoba in the spring of 2011.

The protracted evacuation has cost $90 million and counting.

The federal government is continuing to work with the province and First Nation leadership to return other evacuees to their communities, Valcourt said.

Ebb and Flow First Nation is approximately 185 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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