Batchewana Bay First Nation declares state of emergency
First Nation affected by flooding, road washouts in wake of heavy rains earlier this week
Batchewana First Nation has added itself to the list of communities in the Algoma region now under a state of emergency.
Echo Bay, Johnson and Plummer Additional Township as well as the Municipality of Huron Shores declared states of emergency this week after heavy rainfall caused major flooding and road washouts.
According to a press release issued on Friday, the bad weather affected all of Batchewana First Nation's land bases, but especially Goulais Bay.
The release advises that emergency response times may be delayed due to accessibility issues, and the First Nation has issued a boil water advisory for the time being.
Meanwhile, the cleanup continues in the Algoma and east algoma region.
Highway 17 remains closed in both directions at Highway 129 in Thessalon, however there is a detour in place.
Highway 52, north of the Sault, also remains closed from Highway 17 to Highway 556.