Hundreds evacuated from Kashechewan First Nation

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:18 PM ET

Nearly 700 residents of a First Nations community in northern Ontario have been evacuated from their homes due to flooding from the Albany River.

Community leaders for the Kashechewan First Nation declared a state of emergency Saturday and requested an evacuation of the residents, including seniors, children and infants and those needing medical attention.

Nearly 170 people were evacuated on Saturday and evacuation flights resumed at 9 a.m. Sunday. Approximately 480 are scheduled to be airlifted to Thunder Bay, with the remainder being flown to Greenstone, a second host community.

Up to 2,000 Kasechewan First Nation members could be evacuated from the community, the City of Thunder Bay said on its site. Kashechewan had declared a state of emergency on Thursday due to potential flooding, but conditions eased and the James Bay-area community terminated the state of emergency on Friday.


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