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First Stage of Evacuation Runs Through Weekend

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The evacuation of Kashechewan has brought hundreds to Kapuskasing and other host communities as ice breaking in the Albany River has threatened the safety of the community.

The remote First Nation declared a state of emergency last week, beginning a precautionary evacuation.

Most stage one evacuees are now safely out of the community.

That classification refers to anyone with young children, the elderly or those with health issues.

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Evacuation Coordinator Gerry Demeules says 308 evacuees will also be staying in Thunder Bay.

Demeules says regular flights will be coming to and from Kashechewan, taking passengers to other evacuation centres.

Other communities such as Fort Albany, Moose Factory and Moosonee are also at risk this time of year.

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