An evacuation of about 150 Kashechewan First Nation vulnerable residents to Kapuskasing has been called off.

Fire Chief and member of the evacuation committee Pat Kennedy says the Albany River will continued to be closely monitored for ice jams and rising water levels. He adds that a typical ice jam is 10 km long and this one is nearly 35, but water is now flowing to the south channels and the bay is still frozen which is helping the First Nation community.

It’s the first call for evacuation assistance for Kapuskasing this year. Last summer Fort Hope residents were sent to Kap due to a large forest fire that had burned out of control.