A traditional healing centre located on an island at the mouth of the Nottaway River 12 miles from Waskaganish was evacuated on August 22 after a heavy storm that flooded a number of the lodges.

The centre was formed in collaboration with the Waskaganish wellness centre, and deals with alcohol and drug abuse. It also deals with residential school abuse, and has been operating for the past 12 years.

In all, 31 people were evacuated, 20 of whom were clients.

The cost of damage, helicopter evacuation, loss of supplies, etc was estimated at up to $25,000.

The delay in the program wasn’t expected to last longer than a week.