Kashechewan evacuees not coming to Cornwall

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By Nick Seebruch
Kashechewan evacuees not coming to Cornwall
Stock photo of the main entrance of the Nav Centre (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

CORNWALL, Ontario – Despite recent media reports that evacuees from the Kashechewan First Nation would be possibly coming to Cornwall’s Nav Centre, Seaway News has confirmed that this is not the case.

“It has been decided that we will not be hosting at this time,” wrote Kim Coe-Turner, General Manager of the Nav Centre in an email to Seaway News.

The 2,500 residents of the Northern Ontario community are evacuated annually due to flooding in their region.

According to the federal government, they will be taken to nearby communities such as Timmins, Kapuskasing and Thunder Bay. Cornwall was originally included in that list, but it now appears that it is unlikely any evacuees will be coming to Cornwall.

Evacuees from Kashechewan First Nation were last brought to the Nav Centre in Cornwall in May 2016.

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