WAWA, Ont. - The remaining residents on a First Nation community near the northern Ontario town of Wawa are being evacuated after flooding.
Police say 30 members of Michipicoten (MISH-a-peh-cotton) First Nation are set to be airlifted by helicopter to Wawa starting this afternoon.
Twenty vulnerable members — such as the elderly and those with medical conditions — were evacuated on Saturday after the only road into the community was destroyed by storm flooding last Thursday.
Police say 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 provincial Ministry of Transportation, but Wawa Mayor Linda Nowicki said Sunday that full access could be restored by the middle of the week.