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First nations communities declare state of emergency


Officials are concerned that rapid ice break ups may cause waters to breach existing dikes
Officials are concerned that rapid ice break ups may cause waters to breach existing dikes

Staff writers

March 25, 2012 — Two communities in northern Ontario are on flood watch as ice jams cause water levels to rise.

Two First Nations communities in northern Ontario have declared a state of emergency amid ice jams and rising water levels.

Dan Hefkey of the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services says that approximately 300 "vulnurable" residents have been identified in the Kashechewan and Fort Albany nations.

The plan is to evacuate these individuals to Kapuskasing and Wawa.

Both communities sit at the mouth of the Albany River, and officials are concerned that rapid ice break ups may cause waters to breach existing dikes.

Hefkey says the state of emergency declaration was a precautionary measure that was requested by the communities.

The evacuation is being coordinated by Emergency Management Ontario and the Ministry of Natural Resources, along with federal and municipal First Nations partners.

Dropping temperatures - mixed with high winds, bouts of snow and freezing rain - have made transport a challenge.

"Temperatures should start to stabolize on Tuesday," Hefkey says, "but we're constantly monitoring the weather."

Visit the Alerts section of the website to stay on top of weather watches across the country.

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