Evacuations near completed from Kashechewan

By: The Canadian Press

 | May 13, 2014 - 2:04 PM |
KASHECHEWAN, - An evacuation of residents from a remote northern Ontario community due to flooding concerns is almost completed.

Provincial officials say just a few community members and band officials of the Kashechewan First Nation remain to look after local infrastructure.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated since the weekend after a state of emergency was declared due to rising waters on the nearby Albany River.

Ontario's Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services says just under 600 people have been relocated to Thunder Bay, while 125 have been taken to Greenstone.

Another 485 have been evacuated to Cornwall and 255 to Kapuskasing, and the ministry says there are plans for 37 others to be relocated to Kapuskasing later Tuesday.

Both federal and provincial governments have been involved in helping evacuate people from the community of 2,000 on the shores of James Bay, while a number of people also left on their own without assistance.

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

Officials say provincial and federal governments as well as local leaders are continuing to pay close attention to the Albany, Attawapiskat and Moose Rivers.

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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