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Thunder Bay Responds as Evacuation Centre

April 28, 2008 - Nearly 110 residents of Kashechewan First Nation, a community on the James Bay Coast, will be evacuated to Thunder Bay tomorrow due to flooding. 

Kashechewan First Nation declared an emergency due to flooding of the Albany River and began evacuating vulnerable populations to the communities of Moosonee, the County of Perth and Cochrane on April 25.   

The Victoria Inn has indicated that they have enough hotel rooms to accommodate the evacuees until they are able to safely return home. At this time, it is unknown what time the flights will be arriving.

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

We will be working with community leaders from Kashechewan to provide for the comfort of evacuees coming to Thunder Bay, said Mayor Lynn Peterson.

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Contact: Valerie Marasco, Communications Officer - Corporate Communications, 625-2438, mobile 621-4151.