Kashechewan evacuees head home to once flooded out community
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Evacuees from Kashechewan First Nation are on their way home.
Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Greg Hankkio on Friday said the 173 flooded-out residents of the Northern Ontario community, were being flown out on four flights throughout the course of the day
Hankkio said there is a possibility a fifth flight will have to be added.
The five-day stay went as smoothly as could be expected, Hankkio said.
“I think it went fairly well. It was a well co-ordinated effort from all the agencies involved, including the city. We had good co-operation from Emergency Management Ontario on the planning and the logistics that are involved with this,” Hankkio said.
“We didn’t have any major issues, so I think we can be happy with that.”
Hankkio added the James Bay area is not out of flood danger just yet, and the city remains prepared should residents in other communities need emergency evacuations.
“There’s still a lot of communication and discussion going on with Emergency Management Ontario regarding the potential for further flooding in certain areas,” he said.
“So they’re keeping us informed and up to speed on all of that. That’s basically where it stands right now.”
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