The evacuation of Kashechewan has brought hundreds to Kapuskasing after the remote First Nations community declared a state of emergency last week. All stage one evacuees are now safely out of the community, that classification refers to anyone with young children, the elderly or those with health issues.

Evacuation Coordinator Gerry Demeules says 308 evacuees will also be staying in Thunder Bay. Demeules say regular flights will be coming to and from Kashechewan to other host communities as the Albany River begins to break up in the thaw.

Other communities such as Fort Albany, Moose Factory and Moosonee are also at risk this time of year.

(Written by: Greg Rosser)