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Remote Attawapiskat First Nation asks for evacuation due to flooding threat

Attawapiskat.

Ian Stewart

An evacuation is being planned in another remote northern Ontario First Nation because of a threat of flooding.

Emergency Management Ontario says Attawapiskat First Nation leaders have declared an emergency due to the high risk of flooding.

They have requested approximately 1,000 vulnerable residents be moved out of the James Bay coast community.

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An evacuation involving more than 1,500 residents from the Kashechewan First Nation was completed earlier this week.

A few community members and band officials remain in Kashechewan to look after local infrastructure.

Efforts are being made to reunite Kashechewan family members who were sent to different host communities, which include Thunder Bay, Greenstone, Cornwall, and Kapuskasing.

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