Kashechewan evacuees will begin arriving today

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Kashechewan evacuees arrive at the Cornwall Regional Airport last year. More are expected to arrive Monday.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Evacuees from flood-ravaged Northern Ontario will be arriving in Cornwall today.

City hall confirmed as many as 360 peoles from Kashechewan will be billeted at the NAV CENTRE in Cornwall.

On Sunday the Kashechewan First Nation community declared an emergency due to increased flooding and infrastructure failures and ordered the evacuation of the northern Ontario community of approximately 2,000 residents.

The NAV CENTRE in Cornwall has been contracted by federal and provincial officials as a temporary shelter for Kashechewan evacuees.

Some will be arriving by plane at Cornwall Regional Airport while others will be flown to Ottawa and transported to NAV CENTRE.

As the host of the evacuees, the NAV CENTRE is coordinating the effort with the assistance of the Red Cross, who will assist with registration and other logistics.

As part of the effort, the City of Cornwall has been contracted to assist with specific services for the evacuees such as transportation and EMS.

Thunder Bay, Greenstone and Kapuskasing are also accommodating evacuees from Kashechewan.

Last week there was talk of evacuating the residents, but that plan was called off when flood water receded.

Organizations: NAV CENTRE, Cornwall Regional Airport, Red Cross EMS

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario, Northern Ontario Ottawa Thunder Bay Greenstone

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