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Evacuation Update: City Offers Assistance to Province as Planning Proceeds

July 25, 2011 – The City of Thunder Bay Emergency Operations Control Group is awaiting a plan from the Province to address repatriation of evacuated First Nation residents to their communities when the timing is right for their return.

“Although the weather and fire situation will dictate the timing, we are awaiting an incident action plan for repatriation from the Province sooner rather than later so we can have input and be ready,” said Acting Fire Chief Greg Hankkio. “We are standing by, ready to assist. It is not certain how long the evacuation will last.”
Just over 2,000 men, women and children have been moved through Thunder Bay to other host communities across Ontario.  The City of Thunder Bay is hosting about 280 residents of Sandy Lake First Nation.

The local Emergency Operations Control Group responding to the evacuations includes the City of Thunder Bay, Nishnawbe-Aski Nation, Police, Fire Rescue, District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Superior North EMS and Canadian Red Cross.

For public inquiries related to the evacuation, call 211, the community information and referral line.

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Contact: Acting Chief Greg Hankkio, Fire Rescue, 625-2102