Due to the threat of flooding caused by ice jams on the Albany River, the leadership of Kashechewan First Nation has requested the evacuation vulnerable of residents. Children, seniors and those with medical conditions are being airlifted to Kapuskasing and Thunder Bay starting Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1, 2016.
The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management is coordinating the operations with support from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, local First Nations and municipal officials and the federal government. The Provincial Emergency Operations Centre is now at enhanced monitoring. Field officers have been deployed to Kashechewan and a field officer is en route to Kapuskasing and is expected to arrive in the afternoon of May 1.
More than 1200 residents may need to be evacuated from the community. On Friday, April 29, 236 residents were evacuated with 165 additional residents evacuated to Kapuskasing on Saturday, April 30. Plans are also in place to evacuate the remainder of the vulnerable residents (approximately 300) to Thunder Bay on May 1. Plans are underway to make arrangements to move other residents to Greenstone if needed.