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First Nations appeal for donations in light of flood damage

UPDATE AT 10:20 A.M. MT on THURSDAY

benefit concert is also being held on Saturday July 6 in Edmonton, to raise money for the southern Aboriginal communities affected by the flooding. The event will start at 2 p.m. at Fandango’s Live Entertainment Saloon and will feature Aboriginal recording artists.

UPDATE AT 4:06 P.M. MT ON WEDNESDAY

The Siksika, Morley and Stoney Nakoda reserves have issued an urgent need for volunteers and drivers, to help unload and sort donations. They also need dollies, carts and a forklift as well as food, water and cleaning supplies.

Contact Yvonne Cita at 403-836-3166.

CALGARY- People on the Siksika Reserve who were forced from their homes are growing frustrated as officials try to get to all the damaged areas. However, help has arrived from Slave Lake.

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10 firefighters also trained in Search and Rescue arrived on Tuesday night, armed with pumps, generators, quads and a rescue boat.

“Literally thousands of people came and helped us in different ways [during the Slave Lake fires] and we are still going through all that,” says Jamie Coutts, Chief of the Slave Lake Regional Fire Service. “We’re just happy to be here and pay that forward a little bit.”
The floodwaters caused severe damage to a bridge leading onto the Siksika First Nation.
The floodwaters caused severe damage to a bridge leading onto the Siksika First Nation. Global News
Firefighters arrive from Slave Lake. Loren Andreae/Global News.
Firefighters arrive from Slave Lake. Loren Andreae/Global News.
Firefighters arrive from Slave Lake. Loren Andreae/Global News.
Firefighters arrive from Slave Lake. Loren Andreae/Global News.

The Chief of the Siksika Nation is appealing for donations, after flooding forced the evacuations of 200 homes.

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Financial donations can be forwarded to:

Siksika Nation Disaster Relief Fund
BMO Bank of Montreal
P.O. Box 1429, Siksika, AB T0J 3W0
Call 403-734-3600 for information.

The Stoney Nakoda Nation is also appealing for help. They have been generously supplied with clothing, but now require water, food, hygiene items, cleaning supplies and infant supplies.

They have established a relief fund through the Royal Bank, called the Stoney Nakoda Flood Relief Fund 2013
Royal Bank: 003
Branch: 03199
Account: 100-471-2
Tax receipts are available.

RCMP in Gleichen are working with crews from Siksika fire and Wheatland County to assist residents and maintain property security.

They were concerned about two of the three bridges in the area being damaged during the flood, so they deployed officers to ensure the needs of residents on both sides of the river were addressed. They have been conducting patrols as well as responding to service calls. Officers have also been going door to door checking on residents.

A number of people are staying at the evacuation in Gleichen while others were evacuated to Strathmore.

The Highway 547 and Highway 842 bridges remain closed after being damaged.

The Hidden Valley Golf Resort is completely under water.

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No one is being allowed back inside their homes at this time.

About 300 cottages in the Hidden Valley Golf Resort were also affected by flooding.

Flooding near Cluny. Courtesy of Jennifer Wickson.
Flooding near Cluny. Courtesy of Jennifer Wickson.
Hwy. 842 in front of the Hidden Valley Golf Resort. June, 2013. Courtesy of Trish Phillips.
Hwy. 842 in front of the Hidden Valley Golf Resort. June, 2013. Courtesy of Trish Phillips.
Hidden Valley Golf Resort in June, 2013. Courtesy of Trish Phillips.
Hidden Valley Golf Resort in June, 2013. Courtesy of Trish Phillips.
Flooding on the Siksika Nation. Courtesy of Gene Bourque.
Flooding on the Siksika Nation. Courtesy of Gene Bourque.
Flooding on the Siksika Nation. Courtesy of Gene Bourque.
Flooding on the Siksika Nation. Courtesy of Gene Bourque.
Floodwaters wash out a road leading into the Hidden Valley Resort in June, 2013. Courtesy of Quwayde Ms.
Floodwaters wash out a road leading into the Hidden Valley Resort in June, 2013. Courtesy of Quwayde Ms. Courtesy of Quwayde Ms.
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A girl rescues a fawn on the Siksika First Nation. Courtesy of Trisha Cutter.
A girl rescues a fawn on the Siksika First Nation. Courtesy of Trisha Cutter.
WATCH: Carolyn Kury de Castillo reports on the damage on the Siksika Nation.