Rising waters in a nearby river forced at least 40 people from Eskasoni First Nation to leave their homes on Thursday 13 March 2014. Canada’s Department of Aboriginal Affairs is helping cover the cost of the evacuation
It is thought that the flood threat has been caused by ice backup from the frozen Bras d’Or Lakes. According to media reports, these lakes haven’t been frozen over for decades and the situation is highly unusual. Some rainfall is forecast for early this week, which could also add to the flood threat. The displaced are currently staying in temporary accommodation in nearby Sydney.