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2013-05-11 at 13:19

More evacuees

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com
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A day after Kashechewan flood victims headed home, the city is playing host to 122 more evacuees.

Vulnerable residents of Attawapiskat First Nation, including the young, the sick and elderly, were flown into Thunder Bay late Friday night to escape rising water levels and sewage infrastructure failures in the James Bay-area community. Attawapiskat leaders declared a state of emergency earlier this month. 

Mayor Keith Hobbs said it’s the right thing to do.

“The situation in Kashechewan has improved, so we’ve returned those evacuees yesterday and last night I understand that Attiwapiskat now is in a bit of trouble, so we’re going to take in about 120 evacuees today,” Hobbs said.

The city is well-prepared to handle the influx of visitors, he added. 

“Yeah, it’s no problem,” Hobbs said. “We can handle up to 1,000 at this point with the hotel vacancies. So we’ll just play it by ear and see what happens. Other communities have stepped up to the plate, as we always do.

“We’re good at it. We’re getting a lot of experience at handling these emergencies.”

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Chief John Hay on Saturday in a release said the city has known for some time other Northern communities might be in peril.

“Thunder Bay indicated to Emergency Management Ontario earlier this week, that we could additional Stage 1 evacuees should the need arise,” said Fire Chief John Hay. “Friday night we got that call.”

A command structure, led by Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, that includes the City of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Police, Superior North EMS, tbaytel, Canadian Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Northwest Community Care Access Centre, the District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board and Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service, has been set up to meet and make necessary arrangements.

The team is working directly with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and will deal with evacuee requirements as they emerge, the release said.

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SomeGuy says:
Every year this community floods every year we don't do something about it.
5/11/2013 1:47:10 PM
imhere says:
They have been given money - over and over - they need to be taught how to spend it wisely. You can only help so much.
5/12/2013 9:55:55 AM
The Beaver..... says:
“Yeah, it’s no problem,” Hobbs said. “We can handle up to 1,000 at this point with the hotel vacancies. So we’ll just play it by ear and see what happens...With all the Hotels being build...next year we should be able to take in 2000.Its so easy to be a good Samaritan if somebody else pays for it right Mr.Mayor
5/11/2013 2:05:46 PM
Ozone says:
Hobs is great at spending others money!

I thought this retired cop was going to be a different mayor itch his weekly walk arounds but he has turned into the same money wasting disappointment as the ret of city hall group!
5/12/2013 8:30:13 AM
cm punk says:
It's funny how the mayor can be all friendly on one side of his mouth but when it came to help those out in the east end living in raw sewage, his hands were tied.
Hobbs needs to go as we need someone to stand up for the citizens of this town.
Perhaps chief Spence can go back to her hunger strike and demand better living conditions
5/11/2013 2:42:28 PM
brooky says:
So lets hear exactly what Hobbs should have done during last years flood? How would you have handled this situation?
5/12/2013 12:16:59 AM
festus says:
Lest not get started with this Chief Spence crap..... She is one of the problems with Kashechewan. What they need is someone who will actually look after their people and not just themselves.
5/12/2013 6:48:59 AM
ring of fire dude says:
Well informed post . Spence is the Chief of Attawapiskat , NOT Kkashechewan , unless she's been thrown on a ice-flow and drifted south down the James Bay Coast .
5/12/2013 1:03:35 PM
Twood says:
I would sure hope that all the wages from the local firefighters,police officers,ems etc is being back charged to the federal government,cause I'm sick of my property taxes going up and up to cover all the extra expenses.
5/11/2013 9:19:55 PM
Armchair Tom Brady says:
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
5/11/2013 9:43:04 PM
nvjgu says:
Somebody Explain to me why they were sent here when there were closer places to go.
5/12/2013 11:42:00 AM
unionbay880 says:
It's more fun here.
5/12/2013 4:59:11 PM
anarnosti says:
i think we should get a good grip on our "hate crimes" and "racism" issues before we invite others into our community.. at this point its embarrassing.... and likely to get worse before it gets better.
5/12/2013 12:57:50 PM
T.O.Guy says:
I would like to know , who exactly pays for all this ?? Please respond with facts , not just guesses !!Im hoping its not us people in Thunder Bay.
5/12/2013 1:45:08 PM
Muskie12 says:
In theory, it's Aboriginal and Northern Development Canada's responsibility to pay for evacuations of First Nations. I know there have been reimbursement issues in the past, but several federal and provincial ministries collaborated on evacuations service standards in hopes of having everyone on the same page. The standards were updated following the 2011 forest fire season. Hope this helps.
5/13/2013 10:38:12 AM
YellowSnow13 says:
That really doesn't look like much of a flood. Why don't they just make a few ditches. I think it is just a reason to come to T. Bay on the Gov. Dime.
5/12/2013 2:36:14 PM
TBDR says:
reading these comments makes me think some of you burn crosses and wear white sheets in your spare time.
5/12/2013 10:42:12 PM
realist72 says:
It is not the citizens of Attawapiskat's fault that this happens, it happens to them, not because of them.

What exactly does Hobb's do for these people though? He's sure throwing around alot of "we's" as though he's personally booking rooms.

Who cares what he thinks? Perhaps if the media wasn't providing him opportunity for a sound bite or photo op on a daily basis he might stand a chance at doing something of value.
5/12/2013 10:49:53 PM
working_man says:
Is anyone able to enlighten us with an informed explanation as to who actually incurs the cost of these evacuations?
5/13/2013 8:05:38 AM
ring of fire dude says:
EMO and the Feds .
5/13/2013 9:36:31 AM
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