More evacuated from northern Ontario community as flood waters rise

The Canadian Press
May 12, 2014 09:50 AM

Provincial officials say more residents of the remote northern Ontario community of Kashechewan were being flown out of the area Monday, Mqy 12, 2014 as evacuations continued due to flood threats. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho-Kashechewan First Nations Communications

KASHECHEWAN, - Provincial officials say more residents of a remote northern Ontario community were being flown out of the area Monday, as evacuations continued due to flood threats.

Community leaders in the Ontario First Nation of Kashechewan had asked the federal and provincial governments for help relocating those who hadn't already been evacuated on the weekend.

About 600 people were relocated to Thunder Bay and Greenstone on Saturday and Sunday despite poor weather Sunday that hampered evacuation efforts.

Andrew Morrison, a spokesman for Ontario's Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, says other places are being lined up to host the remaining evacuees from the community of 2,000.

On Monday, plans were to transport 360 people to Cornwall and another 270 to Kapuskasing.

Both federal and provincial governments are involved in the efforts to move the remaining evacuees from the community on the shores of James Bay, after a state of emergency was declared due to rising waters on the Albany River.

The community has faced rising flood waters for several days and officials say the flooding has affected critical infrastructure, such as sewer systems.

Last week some residents were forced from their homes and moved to communities further south but were allowed to return as the situation eased.

The situation, however, was expected to get worse, prompting the expanded evacuation, Morrison said.

Kashechewan has a history of spring time flooding, but federal plans to move the community off the flood plain fell through several years ago.


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