APTN National News
Kashechewan residents are once again settling into a life far away from home.
The remote First Nation in Ontario’s James Bay region has a long history of flooding.
And the pattern continued this year.
Kashechewan sits along the Albany River near James Bay. The spring thaw is a threat because the dike that’s meant to protect the community from the rising waters is unstable.
This year, as a precautionary measure, the band leadership and Ontario’s emergency management team began evacuating the community’s most vulnerable over the weekend.
According to Chief Leo Friday, 1,000 community members have been airlifted to the host communities of Kapuskasin, Smooth Rock Falls and Thunder Bay.