UP TO 450 KASHECHEWAN EVACUEES ENTERING CITY

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Thunder Bay, the city with the giant heart, opens its doors to over 350 Kashechewan evacuees.

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Kashehewan citizens started arriving by airplane Saturday afternoon after the first nation declared a state of emergency over possible flooding.

The first nation is on the Albany River, near James Bay, and is prone to flooding, which resulted in the state of emergency. The Albany River tends to flood once the ice breaks apart and thaws in James Bay.

More flights from the first nation will be arriving throughout Saturday, overnight and into Sunday.

The province has requested municipalities to take in the evacuees, and Thunder Bay offered to take up to 450. Kapuskasing and Timmins will also house some of the displaced citizens.

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The effort to house the evacuees is organized between many agencies, such as the Canadian Red Cross, the Health Integration Network, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, the City of Thunder Bay, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

The Ministry of Natural Ressource and Forestry is monitoring the ice breakup/water flowย impacting Kashechewan and has been providing the City of Thunder Bay daily updates.

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