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Kashechewan declares state of emergency –

A state of emergency has been declared by Kashechewan First Nation due to the potential for flooding in the James Bay community

KASHECHEWAN, Ont. – The chief and band of Kashechewan First Nation have passed a resolution declaring a state of emergency due to the potential for rising flood waters threatening the community.

The resolution was passed by the band council and Chief Leo Friday on Friday and reads: “The only feasible way to protect life is to have everyone out of the community until flood waters recede.”

The community of approximately 1,900 people is located on the James Bay coast along the southern bank of the Albany River.

Ice breakup on the river has resulted in flooding and the evacuation of community members every spring for the past several years.

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