First Nation forced to evacuate due to flooding

The province of Ontario has evacuated 750 people from the Kashechewan First Nation due to spring flooding.

The tribe declared an emergency on Saturday when water levels on the James Bay rose. The province reacted by airlifting people on Sunday. As many as 900 of the 1,750 on the reserve could be flown out, CBC News reports.

This is the third water crisis the reserve has faced. Last fall, more than 1,100 people were airlifted when the water system became contaminated with deadly bacteria. "They're really pissed off at the (Canadian) government for not making the infrastructure work," Chief Leo Friday told CBC News.

In more positive news, about 200 residents of the Red Earth Reserve in Saskatchewan are returning home after being evacuated due to flooding.

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Ontario government evacuating hundreds from Kashechewan due to flooding (CP 4/24)
Flooding forces evacuation of Kashechewan First Nation (CanWest News Service 4/24)
Flooding forces 750 from Kashechewan reserve (CBC 4/23)
Residents start returning home to Red Earth reserve (CBC 4/22)

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