Evacuees from Kashechewan Arrive in Thunder Bay

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Residents from Kashechewan arriving at Thunder Bay International Airport. Photo by TBIAA.
Residents from Kashechewan arriving at Thunder Bay International Airport. Photo by TBIAA.

Residents from Kashechewan arriving at Thunder Bay International Airport. Photo by TBIAA.
Residents from Kashechewan arriving at Thunder Bay International Airport. Photo by TBIAA.

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay International Airport is the first stop for as many as four hundred and eighty residents from Kashechewan First Nation who are being evacuated to the city. The remaining 120 people will be flown to Greenstone.

Residents are being transported by Thunder Bay Transit to the Victoria Inn.

Emergency Measures Ontario reports, “On May 10, community leaders for the Kashechewan First Nation declared an emergency due to flooding from the Albany River. A request has been made for a Stage 1 evacuation of approximately 685 residents, including seniors, children and infants and those needing medical attention.

Approximately 169 people were evacuated on day one. Evacuation flights resumed at 9:00AM EDT on May 11th.

Approximately 480 are scheduled to be air lifted to Thunder Bay, the first host community, with the remainder being flown to Greenstone, a second host community.

Community officials, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management are paying close attention to the Albany, Attawapiskat and Moose rivers.

Residents from Kashechewan arriving at Thunder Bay International Airport. The evacuees then head by Thunder Bay Transit to the Victoria Inn. Photo by TBIAA.
Residents from Kashechewan arriving at Thunder Bay International Airport. The evacuees then head by Thunder Bay Transit to the Victoria Inn. Photo by TBIAA.

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