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Evacuation continues at Ontario First Nation

By: The Canadian Press

 | May 17, 2014 - 1:25 PM |
ATTAWAPISKAT, Ont. - Some of the people being evacuated from the remote Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario have been taken to northern Quebec.

Emergency Management Ontario says about 350 people were flown to Val d'or.

Another 310 have been taken to the northern Ontario communities of Kirkland Lake, Fort Frances and Wawa.

EMO says 240 others will be taken to communities that have yet to be determined.

Attawapiskat First Nation leaders have declared an emergency due to the high risk of flooding and asked that about 1,000 vulnerable residents be moved out the community on the west coast of James Bay.

An evacuation involving more than 1,500 residents from the Kashechewan First Nation was completed last week.

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ATTAWAPISKAT, Ont. - An evacuation is being planned in another remote northern Ontario First Nation because of a threat of flooding.

Emergency Management Ontario says Attawapiskat First Nation leaders have declared an emergency due to the high risk of flooding.

They have requested approximately 1,000 vulnerable residents be moved out of the James Bay coast community.

An evacuation involving more than 1,500 residents from the Kashechewan First Nation was completed earlier this week.

A few community members and band officials remain in Kashechewan to look after local infrastructure.

Efforts are being made to reunite Kashechewan family members who were sent to different host communities, which include Thunder Bay, Greenstone, Cornwall, and Kapuskasing.

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