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The rain poured into Carla Scott’s Bedroom.
She points to where the water streamed down the wall.
“It’s terrible, a terrible feeling, you feel so helpless,” said Scott.
She’s lived in the home on the Norway House Cree Nation for about eight years along with her elderly mother, who’s on disability, and her brother who is also disabled.
“My brother had to move out of his room and we had to kind of close that room off due to all the mould and part of the ceiling already collapsed and the walls,” she said.
“Like you can smell it.”
She is convinced the house is making her three young kids sick with pneumonia.
“Something has to be done here. I can’t live like this anymore … and every year like my kids are always sick,” said Scott.
Scott said she called on chief and council for help over the years but she is on a long list of people waiting for renovations.
APTN spoke with Chief Ron Evans and he said there are nearly 7,000 people living in Norway House and many of them have housing issues.
Evans blames lack of funding as the problem and there is at least a need for 600 new homes.
So Scott has to wait.
And put tarps over the weak roof to try to keep the next rainfall out.