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Canada Without power for days, more than 3,300 storm evacuees take shelter in Winnipeg

08:20  15 october  2019
08:20  15 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Without power for days , more than 3 , 300 storm evacuees take shelter in Winnipeg . "The Chief Electoral Officer has authorized the closing of certain polling places in Manitoba due to power outages caused by winter conditions," said Elections Canada.

WINNIPEG — Families forced to flee the Lake Manitoba First Nation are expressing frustration around evacuation efforts following a recent snowstorm that’s left thousands of people in the province without electricity for days .

a group of people standing in a room: Storm evacuees are among the hotel guests at Winnipeg's Victoria Inn on Monday. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Storm evacuees are among the hotel guests at Winnipeg's Victoria Inn on Monday. Evacuees from storm-affected Manitoba communities — including First Nations still recovering from the 2011 floods — are continuing to arrive in the Winnipeg area to stay at hotels, with friends and family or at Red Cross shelters.

About 21,000 Manitobans remain without power as Manitoba Hydro attempts to repair or replace lines, poles and towers damaged in an October storm that blanketed much of the province wet and heavy snow.

The Canadian Red Cross says more than 3,300 evacuees from no fewer than 10 Manitoba communities have registered with the aid agency, said Red Cross spokesperson Jason Small. About 300 spent Sunday night at a shelter at RBC Convention Centre.

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WINNIPEG — More than 30,000 Manitoba homes and businesses remained without power Sunday in the wake of a snowstorm that the province’s Crown energy utility said had left an unprecedented amount of damage to transmission lines, towers and more , and will take days to repair.

"The majority of people are staying with friends or family or at other accommodations," Small said.

For some, it's a familiar experience. In 2011, when Little Saskatchewan First Nation was flooded out, Nora Shorting spent weeks as an evacuee in Ashern, Pine Falls and just outside Gimli.

Now, as her community is without power, she's staying with family in Selkirk.

"It's unbelievable. I didn't think we'd be going through this again," Shorting said on Monday outside the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg. "I don't like being out here. We're used to the country. We miss our homes."

Some evacuees have complained about access to food.

"I've only eaten three meals over the past three days," said Daniel Shorting, also from Little Saskatchewan First Nation. "We have children here that are barely getting fed themselves. There's a problem right now, with the kids. They have special needs because they're younger. They can't eat fries and gravy for breakfast."

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It's one of many impromptu shelters that have sprung up across the region as a refuge for the evacuees . "We live in a first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach, so you can't take the chance, you know?" More than 300 ,000 people had already left the South Carolina coast, South Carolina Gov.

More : More than 27,000 without power in Collier, Lee. Rice said the doors for outgoing traffic were closed for safety reasons. The shelter , which is run by the Lee County Emergency Operations Center, will continue to take evacuees in throughout the day and even through the storm , he said.

The Interlake Tribal Council is also unhappy some elders have been housed at the Red Cross shelter at RBC Convention Centre.

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Manitoba Hydro estimates it will take more than a week to restore power to the entire province of Manitoba, and as many as four days until Winnipeg is completely back on the grid. The Red Cross has set up 1,000 cots as an emergency response shelter at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg

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"That's not acceptable the Red Cross placed them there. They should be staying in hotels where they are more comfortable, not sleeping on cots," said tribal council chair Cornell McLean, who's also the chief of Lake Manitoba First Nation.

Small said this is why the Red Cross encourages evacuees to stay with friends or family, if possible.

"We completely understand: A shelter is not a comfortable place, but it's what is available in this case," he said.

Some Lake Manitoba First Nation evacuees also complained Monday about getting shuffled from one hotel to another.

Margaret Missyabit said she waited for eight hours at a Holiday Inn near Winnipeg's airport before she was driven downtown to the convention centre and forced to walk to the downtown Radisson Hotel.

"We're being removed from here. We don't even know where they're taking us. They don't even know where they're taking us," she said.

Hotel transfers are the responsibility of the Interlake Regional Tribal Council, Small said.

Missyabit also said she did not think it was appropriate for Conservative leade Andrew Scheer to campaign in Manitoba while tens of thousands are without power.

The Tory leader said he has made a donation to Red Cross storm-relief efforts and encouraged others to do the same.

The Red Cross is preparing a second shelter, but Small would not confirm its location. Volunteers pointed to the Duckworth Centre at the University of Winnipeg.

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