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Floodwaters receding on Bearskin Lake First Nation –

A state of emergency remains after the Severn River spilled its banks

BEARSKIN LAKE FIRST NATION, Ont. — Conditions on the Bearskin Lake First Nation, 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, show signs of improving.

A state of emergency was declared Saturday after an ice jam on the Severn River caused water to flood into the community of 500.

On its Facebook page on Monday afternoon, Nishnawbe Aski Nation reported that water levels have since receded.

Although planning continues for a possible evacuation to Kapuskasing, the statement said Bearskin Lake Chief Rodney McKay “has confirmed there is no need to evacuate at this point.”

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