Update - More Attawapiskat Residents Flown Out To Safety
Latest Group Airlifted To Waterloo And Cochrane
Attawapiskat residents are still being flown out of their community because of the ongoing threat of flooding in the James Bay coast First Nation.
The breakup of the ice covering the Attawapiskat River could pose significant risks of flooding in the community, located 500 kilometres north of Timmins. As a result, local leaders have decided to evacuate more than 1,200 residents so far.
A group of 900 community members have already been airlifted to communities across northern Ontario. In addition, a total of 118 were flown to Waterloo yesterday and 132 will go to Cochrane today.
The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR)is coordinating flight operations to ensure the quick and safe departure of the evacuees. Emergency Management Ontario (EMO)officials are working with host communities, provincial ministries and federal departments, to ensure the well-being of Attawapiskat residents during their stay out of their community. Distances, weather conditions, the availability of aircraft and the capacity of host municipalities, are the main factors considered by provincial planners.
- 132 Attawapiskat residents are now in Hearst, 150 in Greenstone, 227 in Kapuskasing and approximately 440 in Thunder Bay.
- Approximately 118 were transported to Waterloo yesterday and 132 will go to Cochrane today.
“Our first priority is the safety of Attawapiskat residents. Our government is deeply appreciative of the host communities who are so generously extending their hospitality to their fellow Ontarians during this trying time for the people of Attawapiskat.”
“My ministry's aviation services branch is working around the clock to ensure a safe and coordinated evacuation of the Attawapiskat community. We will continue to work with local leaders to keep the residents of this coastal community safe.”