77 Additional Kashechewan Residents To Arrive in City

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Kashechewan in Spring
Kashechewan in Spring

THUNDER BAY – A Flood Watch remains in effect for the communities of Fort Albany and Kashechewan First Nation, with fluctuation of water levels and ice break up on the Albany River.

The Chief in Kashechewan First Nation has asked to delay the repatriation of community members until the ice passes by the community and into James Bay.

“At this point, we do not know when repatriation will occur,” said Greg Haankio, Deputy Fire Chief.

This has caused an issue in another host community with regards to accommodations. One of the hotels that Wawa is using to shelter evacuees has to be vacated on Sunday. Thunder Bay has agreed to take 77 additional people from Wawa to alleviate this situation.

Two buses will transport the people to Thunder Bay, and they will arrive Sunday night, bringing the total of evacuees to 148.

“Today is day 19 of the evacuation, and the operation continues to run smoothly,” said Haankio. “We will continue to plan some recreational activities and outings for our guests.”