Emergency declared in Eabametoong First Nation after fire causes water service cut

By Nairah Ahmed THE CANADIAN PRESS A fire at a water treatment plant in the remote Eabametoong First Nation has left the community without water for nearly a week, forcing the evacuation of dozens of people to Thunder Bay, Ont. The City of Thunder Bay, located 360 kilometres from Eabametoong, said it began receiving evacuees on Sunday, following a request from the province to host those affected. Approximately 190 vulnerable community members, including seniors and children, have been evacuatedfollowing the Wednesday fire, Kyle Richardson of the Treasury Board Secretariat and Emergency Management Ontario wrote in a statement. First Nation leadership declared a state of emergency on Saturday, requesting that 400 people be evacuated. Richardson said about six evacuation flights have been co-ordinated to date.“Our number one priority will always be…

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