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Kashechewan Residents Back At Home

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Kashechewan Residents Back At Home

Fort Albany Residents To Return Today And Tomorrow

All 861 Kashechewan residents are back at home 11 days after their community was evacuated due to the threat of severe flooding. Residents of Fort Albany started returning home yesterday.

Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) and Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) officials are completing the air operation to return the more than 1,400 residents of the two communities that had been evacuated starting on April 25.

MNR officials are coordinating the flight operations to ensure the quick and safe return of the evacuees. All 556 Fort Albany residents are to be flown home by tonight.

MNR and EMO officials are working closely with community leaders in Attawapiskat to monitor the ice breakup near that community. As a precaution, 12 residents who were receiving medical care at the local clinic have already been airlifted by air ambulance to facilities across northern Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • 556 residents of Fort Albany were airlifted out: 227 to Kapuskasing, 123 in Hearst, 106 to Sault Ste. Marie, 91 to Thunder Bay and 9 to medical facilities across the north.

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“The successful evacuation and return of the Kashechewan and Fort Albany residents was only possible due to the leadership of community officials and the dedication and hard work of our provincial and federal partners.”

Rick Bartolucci

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“The success of the evacuation and return has everything to do with planning, communication and cooperation. We made safety our first priority and worked together to determine what was best for the communities.”

Donna Cansfield

Minister of Natural Resources



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