Michipicoten First Nation has entered into a Phase 2 Evacuation. In partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Emergency Management Ontario and Wilderness Helicopters, the remainder of the residents were evacuated from the community Oct. 29. Currently, there are 52 registered members of the MFN staying in Wawa. The Municipality of Wawa and the Red Cross have arranged for accommodations and meals for the evacuees.
Road work continues on the Harbour Road into the Michipicoten First Nation. The OPP are requesting that the public remain away from this area. This will allow the municipality’s Public Works Department to work as quickly and as safely as possible.
Highway 17 north bound remains closed with the road work progressing well, according to a news release. The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario has not set a definite date for the reopening.
Highway 17 south remains open with gravel sections. The OPP and MTO warn the motorists to drive with extreme caution in these areas. A speed reduction is in effect, with plenty of signage to warn the public of the gravel areas.