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Really good to be home’: Return continues for Kátł’odeeche First Nation and Hay River – CBC

Sep 17, 2023

Kátł’odeeche barricade came down Sunday morning

Kátł’odeeche First Nation Chief April says residents should be prepared — the return home might be “traumatizing,” especially for residents who lost their homes in the fire that destroyed parts of the community this past May.

“It’s not going to look the same. It’s not going to feel the same. There’s going to be more devastation,” she said.

The evacuation order for Kátł’odeeche First Nation lifted Sunday morning at 9 a.m., one day after the Town of Hay River reopened to the public.

Residents are travelling to the community today by car, bus and plane.

Two buses of Kátł’odeeche community members left from Motel 6 in Grande Prairie Alta. on Sunday morning.

Many also left on evacuation flights chartered by the territorial government on Sunday. For those who fly back, Kátł’odeeche is picking up its residents who arrive at the Hay River airport.

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