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Attawapiskat Evacuated: Thunder Bay Responds as Evacuation Centre


May 11, 2008 - Three hundred fifty to 400 residents of Attawapiskat First Nation, a community on the James Bay Coast, are being evacuated to Thunder Bay today due to flooding. 

We can only imagine how difficult it is to be uprooted from your home, said Mayor Lynn Peterson. We expect this will be a long day for the folks coming from Attawapiskat and we are glad to be able to provide a home away from home. We will work with community leaders from Attawapiskat to provide for the comfort of their people.

Flights from Moosonee, where the residents were evacuated first, are expected to begin arriving just before noon and continue throughout the day. Eight to 10 flights are expected.

The Landmark Inn and Victoria Inn have indicated that they have enough hotel rooms to accommodate the evacuees until they are able to safely return home.

The local coordinating team including the City of Thunder Bay, Police, Fire & Rescue, Superior North EMS and Canadian Red Cross, has met to make necessary arrangements.  The team will deal with evacuee requirements as they emerge. 

Attawapiskat is one of Nishnawbe Aski Nation's 49 First Nation communities.

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Contact: Karen Lewis, Manager - Corporate Communications, 625-3859,
              mobile 626-6901.