Kapuskasing has welcomed in the first round of Kashechewan evacuees.

The Red Cross and the Indian Friendship Centre were on hand yesterday afternoon as around 50 people arrived from the fly in reserve.

Kap’s CAO Yves Labelle says it’s too early to tell how long they will have to stay.

“It’s just, sort of, getting the people out, because there is a risk of flooding,” says Labelle. “It will depend on the damage, if there’s any damage, at this time it’s too early to say.

The First Nations community is being uprooted for the fourth year in a row because of flooding of the Albany River.

Last year alone, the evacuation cost over$20 million.

Photo: The first wave of evacuees get off the plane in Kapuskasing