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Flood risk in 2 Ontario First Nations subsides

03/26/2012 08:31 EDT | Updated 05/26/2012 05:12 EDT

The evacuation of two First Nations communities in northern Ontario because of weekend flooding was suspended after the risk to residents began to subside, Ontario emergency officials say.

The decision to suspend the operation involving the First Nations of Kashechewan and Fort Albany came after an examination the river conditions showed the immediate risk of flooding had abated, said Greg Flood, a spokesman for Ontario's Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

The suspension also came at the request of the First Nations communities' leaders, he added.

On Saturday, the communities of Kashechewan and Fort Albany declared a state of emergency after ice breakup on a nearby river caused jams and flooding.

Officials launched a plan to evacuate about 300 residents from the two communities and airlift them to the northern Ontario towns of Kapuskasing and Wawa.

About 250 vulnerable residents, including the elderly, women, children and people with medical conditions, were airlifted from Kashechewan to Kapuskasing and Wawa over the weekend, Flood said.

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