NISG team members flew into the remote community of Kashechewan in April on a Thunder Airlines charter in an attempt to prevent catastrophic damage flood damage. The low-lying First Nations community on the James Bay Coast is located next to the powerful Albany River.
In 2014, almost all of the 2000 people who live in Kashechewan were flown out to other Ontario communities because of the flood risk. Women, children and the elderly were being flown out of the community as NISG team members were being flown in.
Over the two week period that NISG crews were in the community monitoring, maintaining, and repairing flood control infrastructure, no damage occurred. Water and sewer backup damaged 34 homes in the community in 2014, and close to 400 people from Kashechewan were still living in Kapuskasing while their homes are being repaired. According to the federal department of Aboriginal Affairs, the cost of the 2014 evacuation of Kashechewan stood at $21 million dollars and continues to climb. There is no word yet on the cost of the 2015 evacuation.