(KASHECHEWAN, ON) – The evacuation process of Kashechewan is getting a boost from the Canadian Armed Forces today.
There is an estimated 160 people remaining in Kashechewan as of this morning. Recently some ice has broken up on the river, causing a rush of water to come barrelling down the river toward the community. The image above shows the water level reaching a bridge in Kashechewan.1
The Canadian Armed Forces Hercules transport plane will be touching down in Kashechewan around 10:05 am EST this morning.
The remaining evacuees are expected to go to Hearst and Rama.
There is an estimated 1550 people that are residents of Kashechewan. The river the community lays on is prone to flooding each year.
Thunder Bay, Timmins, Kapuskasing, Hearst, and other communities have opened their doors to help evacuees stay safe during the almost yearly flood.
There is no known long term solution to help mitigate the flood risk in the far north community that is situated on a river near James Bay.