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2014-05-24 at 10:48

Kashechewan evacuee dies in Thunder Bay

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By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- A Kashechewan resident displaced by flooding in his home community has died in Thunder Bay.

Peter Wesley, who is believed to be in his late 30s, passed away of an apparent heart attack on May 19. He also had muscular dystrophy.

Two weeks ago the community declared a state of emergency as waters from the rising Albany River threatened homes and infrastructure.

About 650 Stage 1 evacuees were airlifted to Thunder Bay beginning on the evening of May 9. Stage 1 evacuees are the most vulnerable and include children, elderly and those with medical conditions.

A press release sent to various media outlets by Daniel Sponagle on behalf of Kashechewan says mourning is difficult for the community with residents spread between four Ontario host communities.

The timeline for their return is unknown.

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