NWT Flood Response Update: May 16, 2022, 17:00pm

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NWT Flood Response Update: May 16, 2022, 17:00pm

by ahnationtalk on May 17, 202269 Views

Unprecedented flooding Is currently affecting thousands of residents in the Northwest Territories.

Current status

Water levels and flow

  • NWT Water Monitoring Bulletin – May 16, 2022 (14:00)

Hay River and Kátł’odeeche First Nation

This emergency is transitioning from response to recovery.

Communities remain lead on recovery activities.

Territorial and Regional Emergency Management Organizations are fully activated and providing resources for planning, coordination, and emergency management and recovery operations.

These updates are shared to amplify the latest information.

Contact the Town of Hay River or Kátł’odeeche First Nation for the latest updates on-the-ground.

  • Evacuation order has been lifted in Hay River. It remains in-place for  Kátł’odeeche First Nation.
  • View: Evacuation Order – Kátł’odeeche First Nation
  • The airport has reopened to the public. Inspections and repairs occurring on main runway to prepare for reopening.
  • A boil water advisory remains in Hay River, Enterprise, Kakisa and Kátł’odeeche First Nation.
  • View: Boil water advisory – Hay River, Enterprise, Kakisa and K’atl’odeeche Reserve – May 12, 2022

Disaster assistance registration and support

  • Enhanced disaster assistance announced by the GNWT today is now available for those affected in Hay River and Kátł’odeeche First Nation.
  • The priority now is registration. GNWT staff are on-site collecting registration from evacuees.
Community Venue
Enterprise Community Hall
Yellowknife Multiplex
Fort Providence Snowshoe Inn
Fort Smith Municipal and Community Affairs Office
Hay River Community Centre

Evacuation centre update

  • Note: current numbers in Yellowknife will vary – evacuee return has not yet been reconciled.
  • Evacuees from Hay River have begun returning home.
  • Evacuation centres will remain available for stays for evacuees without other options if they return to find their homes not habitable.
  • Buses will run between Yellowknife and Hay River evacuation centres through Friday.
  • The evacuation centre in Hay River is once again operational.
Evacuation centres Official hosting communities Communities offering help and accommodations to evacuees
  • Hay River Community Centre
  • Yellowknife Multiplex
  • 690 total evacuees registered
  • 106 staying at reception centre
  • 448 elsewhere


  • Fort Smith
    • 85 evacuees
  • Enterprise
    • 107 evacuees
  • Fort Providence
    • 87 evacuees
  • Fort Resolution
  • Fort Simpson



  • Highway 1 is now open.
  • Highway 2 open to emergency traffic only.
  • Highway 5 is open.
    • Latest info: Dept. of Infrastructure

Sambaa K’e

  • Localized flooding was reported by the community yesterday due to rising water in the lake. The water is receding and initial indications are damage is minor.

Fort Liard

  • Reports have been received of seven homes impacted by localized flooding in Fort Liard, with some fuel spills reported and seven individuals displaced.
  • Damage assessments are being coordinated by the GNWT with the Hamlet.

Jean Marie River

  • Flooding remains a risk in Jean Marie River, though that risk seems to be resolving. Monitoring will continue.
  • View the latest updates: Jean Marie River – Facebook

Rest of NWT

Flood risk remains in other areas downstream on the Mackenzie River.

There are some communities at higher risk than others in any break-up year still facing flood risk.

  • Nahanni Butte (South Nahanni River, Liard River)
  • Fort Liard (Liard River)
  • Aklavik (Mackenzie River)
  • Fort Good Hope (Mackenzie River)
  • Tulita (Mackenzie River)
  • Jean Marie River (Mackenzie River)

It’s not too late to take actions to be ready before the water comes. Get simple, practical tips:

Actions today

Hay River and K’at’lodeeche First Nation

  • Three buses were arranged to bring evacuees from Yellowknife back to Hay River.
  • Pathfinders and government service staff are on-site in Hay River, Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Enterprise, and Fort Providence registering individuals for disaster assistance and providing return home packages.
  • Water and sewer specialists deployed to Hay River to assist the Town.
  • Food, accommodations, information, and supplies to support evacuees are being coordinated by the Town of Hay River, K’at’lodeeche First Nation and the territorial government.
  • GNWT staff are coming forward from across government to volunteer to provide help with the flood response.

Sambaa K’e

  • Initial observations indicate some potential damage to homes. Territorial officials are visiting the community to confirm and will work with the community going forward.

Fort Liard

  • GNWT’s regional emergency management organization  is preparing to visit the community. the Hamlet.

Jean Marie River

  • Regional emergency officials are in regular contact with the community’s emergency management team and monitoring conditions.

Upcoming priorities for operations

Hay River and Kátł’odeeche First Nation

  • Assisting K’at’lodeeche First Nation as they prepare a re-entry plan.
  • Preliminary damage assessments of homes (contractors expected in Hay River this week)
  • Emergency abatement work in Hay River (targeted to begin before end of week)
  • Investigation options for short, medium, long-term accommodations for evacuees.
  • Assessing environmental damage.
  • Addressing critical infrastructure issues.
  • Preliminary damage assessments of territorial infrastructure and environmental damage – including fuel spills.
  • Comprehensive damage assessments to be completed in each community.
  • Continued accommodating of evacuees at evacuation centres.

Sambaa K’e

  • GNWT staff to be sent to identify any possible damage.

Fort Liard

  • Work with community to assist flood-impacted residents.
  • Assess damage to territorial infrastructure.

Jean Marie River

  • Preparing to assist if required – though risk is believed to be resolving.

Key messages for staying safe

We know there is fear and anxiety out there right now. And that’s totally natural. The best way to channel that anxiety is to take steps to control your risk. The key messages today are:

  • If it’s flooded, don’t cross: just six inches of water can sweep a full-grown adult away. Please – avoid crossing flooded areas. Instead, call 9-1-1 and seek help.
  • Wherever you are, contact your community government: ensuring evacuees are safe is the priority in an emergency.
  • Get to safety: follow instructions from local officials.
  • If you’re in trouble: find higher ground and call 9-1-1.
  • Conserve your cell phone battery: communication is critical right now.

Donations, helping out, and helpful local links

When trouble comes, Northerners come together. And that’s amazing – but donation overrun can be problematic. Here are the ways we’re recommending you donate and help out:

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