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GNWT Advising Residents of Increased Flood Risk

The GNWT is reminding residents to be ready for potential flooding as we head into the Spring season.

The risk for flooding across the Territory is highest during what is called the Spring Break-Up. This is when ice moves throughout the rivers in unpredictable ways. This can cause large chunks of ice to clump together at choke points and block the flow of the river, causing flooding in nearby communities.

While floods can happen at any time due to weather conditions, during the Spring, the communities at the highest risk include:

  • Hay River (Hay River)
  • Kátł’odeeche (Hay River)
  • Nahanni Butte (South Nahanni River, Liard River)
  • Fort Liard (Liard River)
  • Fort Simpson (Liard River, Mackenzie River)
  • Aklavik (Mackenzie River)
  • Fort Good Hope (Mackenzie River)
  • Tulita (Mackenzie River)
  • Jean Marie River (Mackenzie River)

If a flood is expected to occur, homeowners can make sure that they have the proper insurance to protect themselves from a severe financial impact. In general, around 90% of costs up to a maximum of $240,000 may be covered by disaster assistance.

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There are also things that can be done to prevent a home from being severely damaged. Make sure all valuable items are safe and secure. Keeping gutters and nearby storm drains clear of obstructions is also important, as well as moving vehicles and heavy equipment over to a safe area.

If flooding is likely to happen, make sure all electronics are unplugged and powered down, up to and including the home itself. Move furniture and valuables to any upper floors that are accessible, or anywhere above ground level.

The GNWT is recommending that communities, businesses, residents, cabin owners, and campers should keep an eye out for flood alerts from late April until late June.

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