Cornwall Ontario — On Sunday, May 11th, 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 approximately 360 Kashechewan evacuees who are expected to arrive on Monday, May 12th. 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.