REGINA - Saskatchewan has set up a First Nations task force that will work with reserves to make sure they have the equipment they need to fight flooding.

Public safety spokesman Duane McKay notes that many First Nations are near lakes where water levels are rising.

McKay says the government wants to ensure that everyone in the province is protected at the same level.

Six communities have declared local states of emergency, including the Cowessess First Nation, 150 kilometres east of Regina.

About 125 band members have had to leave their homes because water was threatening to overtake a grid road that doubles as a berm.

The Saskatchewan Watershed Authority says water flows are coming up significantly along the Qu'Appelle River and it will take weeks for the water to recede.