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Kapuskasing set to host Kashechewan vulnerable residents

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The Town of Kap is putting out its welcome mat for those from the far north. Kashechewan First Nation has issued a state of emergency over the spring thaw of snow and ice on the Albany River and the James Bay coast and is evacuating its most vulnerable population to Kapuskasing.

Fire Chief and Evacuation Committee chairman Pat Kennedy says five flights will arrive today and another five tomorrow.

“They have identified 341 vulnerable people that’s elderly and people with medical conditions, pregnant and families with children five and under,” he said.

Kennedy says the evacuees will be spread out among the seven hotels.

“So yes we will be going back to hosting more evacuees,” he said. “We won`t be filling up to capacity yet. So far it`s that 341 that`s coming out, but should there need to be more people to come out so obviously we still have room for a little more.”

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