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Evacuation efforts continue Tuesday for the community of Kashechewan



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The city of Thunder Bay welcomed 50 people from Kashechewan while hundreds more are arriving in Kapuskasing and Smooth Rock Falls.

Each spring, the community faces evacuation as the risk of flooding from the ice breakup on James Bay is imminent.

They have long expressed their frustrations from the impact the annual event has on their lives.

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Last month Kashechewan signed an agreement with Canada, the province of Ontario and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation to come up with a plan for better housing, health programs infrastructure development, and schools.
Relocating the community of approximately 3,500 will be considered in these plans.

It is not known how long evacuees will be displaced. Previous evacuations have lasted between a couple of weeks to months.

One community member came to Thunder Bay with her husband and their children. She said some people go to their traditional camps during the evacuations.

An official from Thunder Bay’s fire and emergency services says they are meeting with other groups during the evacuation period.

The province and community leaders continue to monitor the risk of flood to Kashechewan.

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