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Attawapiskat Residents Settle in to Thunder Bay


May 12, 2008 - Thunder Bay welcomed 440 residents of Attawapiskat First Nation yesterday who were evacuated from their community due to flooding. Evacuees arrived on flights from Moosonee and by bus from Geraldton.

The Canadian Red Cross has set up a Central Registration Inquiry Bureau hotline for evacuees to locate and reconnect with family members who have been sent to other communities. That number is 1-866-390-0555 and is open from 12 - 4 pm daily.

At this time, the duration of the evacuation is not known, said Mayor Lynn Peterson. We will work with the leaders from Attawapiskat to make their stay in our City as comfortable as possible until it is safe for them to return home.

The local coordinating team including the City of Thunder Bay, Police, Fire & Rescue, Superior North EMS, Emergency Management Ontario and Canadian Red Cross, was activated Sunday, May 11 to prepare and make necessary arrangements to receive evacuees.  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: Valerie Marasco, Communications Officer, Corporate Communications, City of Thunder Bay (807) 625-2438, Mobile (807) 621-4151