Bearskin Lake Evacuees Headed to Thunder Bay


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The City of Thunder Bay is preparing to receive approximately 180 people from Bearskin Lake First Nation over the course of the next 48 hours as the community declared a state of emergency on Sunday due to an ice jam along the Severn River, causing water to rise rapidly close by.

Large amounts of ice and water are already covering up main roadways including those to the airport. Residents are being airlifted by helicopter to the local airport by the Ministry of Natural Resources.


Sioux Lookout is also serving as a host community, receiving up to 175 evacuees as early as today.

“Thunder Bay’s Emergency Operations Control Group is very experienced in dealing with these types of emergencies,” said Mayor Bill Mauro. “Our decision to be a host community is based on confirmation that at this time we have the necessary resources to meet the needs of our community and the evacuees.”

Bearskin Lake First Nation is a fly-in community located approximately 425 km north of Sioux Lookout and has a population of approximately 460.


The local coordinating team including the City of Thunder Bay, Police, Fire & Rescue, Superior North EMS, Emergency Management Ontario and Canadian Red Cross, will continue to meet to make necessary arrangements.

Source: City of Thunder Bay


2 Replies to “Bearskin Lake Evacuees Headed to Thunder Bay”

  1. Sad situation for these people. Nasty time of the year to have flooding issues.

    If they have running water in their homes, I hope they have the foresight to drain their plumbing if there will be no heat in their houses. Otherwise, they’ll have even more problems with cracked water lines.

    Best wishes to all of them for the flooding to recede and they incur minimal damage.

  2. All the reserves need to be either abolished or re-located to safer areas where is no risk of flooding. It is the same old story all the time for them and the taxpayers as well. Money that should be spent addressing other issues like health care and substance abuses in those communities. .

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