Remaining First Nation residents evacuated after Wawa flooding
Chief wants to avoid further risk that could be caused by Hurricane Sandy's weather system
The chief of Michipicoten First Nation near Wawa said the First Nation is evacuating its remaining residents from the reserve.
Access to the First Nation was cut off after a heavy rain storm late last week washed out parts of the Michipicoten River Village Road off Highway 17.
The chief of Michipicoten said the First Nation wants to avoid any further risk that could be caused by Hurricane Sandy's weather system.
"Let's not take a chance, we got another 34 members still down there and we may as well get them all out," Joe Buckell said.
"The impact from the storm could set us back another couple of days and we don't want to have that."
Buckell said 26 children and elders were already flown off the reserve on Sunday.
He said residents of the First Nation will be staying at a motel in Wawa until the road is repaired.
Highway still under repairs
Provincial police said work to repair the road is continuing.
The Trans-Canada Highway around Wawa was partly reopened yesterday after it was damaged by heavy rains, which also washed out local roads and impacted several houses and buildings around the town.
Police said a date for the complete reopening of the highway has not been set by the province's Ministry of Transportation, but Wawa Mayor Linda Nowicki said Sunday that full access could be restored by the middle of the week.
Road work continues on the Harbour Road into the Michipicoten First Nation. The OPP are requesting that the public remain away from this area, as it will allow the Municipality’s Public Works Department to work as quickly and as safely as possible.
Highway 17 north-bound remains closed and the MTO has not set a definite date for the reopening. Highway 17 south remains open with gravel sections.
The OPP and MTO are warning motorists to drive with extreme caution in these areas. A speed reduction is in effect, with plenty of signage to warn the public of the gravel areas.
with files from The Canadian Press