Canadian Red Cross assisting Northern Ontario evacuations due to spring flooding
The Canadian Red Cross is helping more than 250 people who have been evacuated from their Northern Ontario community as a result of spring flooding.
Evacuations in Kashechewan began on the weekend after officials declared a state of emergency Saturday due to rising water on the Albany River. The water levels are currently higher than the levels in 2006 when mass evacuations occurred.
Working with municipalities, Emergency Management Ontario and Aboriginal Affairs Northern Development Canada, the Red Cross is on site in Kapuskasing to help coordinate shelter for families from Kashechewan. Already, the Red Cross has registered 210 people in shelters in Kapuskasing. Another 44 people were evacuated to Wawa, Ontario where the Red Cross is also on site.
In addition to registering evacuees, the Red Cross is providing comfort kits and conducting personal needs assessments.
Red Cross volunteers are also on standby in Ottawa and Smith Falls, which are prepared to host families from the North if further evacuations are required.