Thunder Bay Preparing to Host Northern Ontario Flood Evacuees

Thunder Bay Preparing to Host Northern Ontario Flood Evacuees

Created: April 10, 2019 03:52 PM

The City of Thunder Bay is preparing to host about 250 northern Ontario residents who may be evacuated due to flooding.

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Thunder Bay's Emergency Operations Control Group met Wednesday to begin preparations to host residents of Kashechewan First Nation, a First Nation community near James Bay.  Evacuees will be flown to Thunder Bay and other Ontario cities.

"Thunder Bay has a long history of stepping forward as a host community, supported by full funding from the federal government," Mayor Bill Mauro said in a news release. "Our community is pulling together to assist our neighbours from the north."

The first groups of Kashechewan evacuees will be sent to Kapuskasing and Cornwall beginning Monday.  Evacuees may begin arriving in Thunder Bay as early as April 18.

The city has a full cost recovery agreement with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.  The city is coordinating its response with the Canadian Red Cross, Department of Indigenous Services Canada, North West Local Health Integration Network, and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Ontario.

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