Throughout the next week, the City of Timmins is expecting to receive approximately 700 evacuees from Kashechewan First Nation, with the first of many flights arriving today at approximately 2 pm.
The First Nations community is being evacuated due to flooding conditions on the Albany River; a plight they have been facing for years.

“Council and the residents of the City of Timmins welcome our neighbours from Kashechewan into our community under these difficult circumstances,” said Mayor George Pirie.

“This is a reoccurring challenge for the people of this remote community, and we can only imagine how difficult it would be to experience this displacement year after year. It is our sincere hope that these residents feel comfortable in our community throughout their stay, and we are confident the various community partners leading the process will provide the evacuees with excellent service and care during their stay.”

Upon arrival, all evacuees will be processed and situated by the Red Cross before being transported to their temporary lodging at the Ramada Inn or the Senator Hotel, which will serve as their place of residence throughout the evacuation.

This marks the second year that the City of Timmins has welcomed evacuees from James Bay Coastal Communities as part of the new agreement with the Provincial and Federal Governments.

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