THUNDER BAY – The situation in Kashechewan has escalated. Flooding of the Albany River has led to a larger evacuation of the community. All of the residents are now being evacuated.
Community leaders for the Kashechewan First Nation upgraded an emergency declaration made on May 10, to include a full Stage 1 and Stage 2 evacuation due to increased flooding from the Albany River.
Evacuation flights have concluded Sunday over issues with weather. Those evacuation flights will now resume with three Canadian Forces Hercules aircraft.
Approximately 600 residents were evacuated to Thunder Bay over two days, with another 32 going to Greenstone.
Evacuees will be transported to host communities Greenstone and Cornwall.
Community officials, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management continue to plan around the situation and are paying close attention to the Albany, Attawapiskat and Moose rivers.