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Ontario First Nation declares state of emergency

May 27, 2013, Kasabonika Lake, Ont. – A remote northwestern Ontario First Nation has declared a state of emergency due to flooding.

May 27, 2013
By The Canadian Press

May 27, 2013, Kasabonika Lake, Ont. – A remote northwestern Ontario First Nation has declared a state of emergency due to flooding.

Emergency Management Ontario says a partial evacuation of the Kasabonika Lake First Nation is underway.

About 150 vulnerable residents and their caregivers are being taken to the nearby towns of Hearst and Greenstone.

Officials say rangers and volunteers have filled 2,500 sandbags to protect vulnerable homes from flooding.

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The First Nation is accessible only by air or winter road.

According to the community's website, 866 people live on the reserve.