Evacuation Halted in Kashechewan

Ice Jam on Abitibi River
Mouth of the Abitibi River at Moose Creek

Ice Jam on Abitibi River
Mouth of the Abitibi River at Moose Creek
THUNDER BAY – A partial evacuation of the Fort Albany and Kashechewan First Nations occurred Thursday. Fortunately, the situation on the Albany river has improved and further evacuations have been put on hold and the Kashechewan First Nation terminated its emergency as a result.

Officials from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) and the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) continue to work with provincial ministries, federal departments and leaders of the communities to ensure the well-being of residents.

Community officials, the MNR and OFMEM are paying close attention to the Albany, Attawapiskat and Moose rivers.

Declared Emergencies

  • Fort Albany First Nation
  • Kapuskasing (new, host community)
  • Greenstone (new, host community)
  • Kashechewan First Nation (emergency terminated on May 8)

Moosenee / Moose Factory Update

May 8th, 2014 Surveillance Flight #16

Time: 7:00pm – 7:45pm

Moose Factory Island Fire & Rescue report, “We had gone on our flight this evening up the river to locations of the French River Breakup and the Moose River Breakup. During our flight there have been minor changes from this morning and afternoons flight”.

Minor changes include:

-a slight movement of ice towards Moosonee

-water levels dropped 1-2 feet from where the Moose River Breakup was located earlier this morning (above the Abitibi River mouth on the Moose River)

-water levels continue to remain steady at current breakup locations just south of Moosonee and south of Moose Factory

-slight increase in openings between the 2 different breakup locations

-there was no movement at the time of this flight

-water levels remain high at locations of breakup

-ice conditions continue to deteriorate each day