Flooding is continuing to be a problem for several Yukon communities.
The territorial government posted its latest flood update this morning. Here are the highlights.
In Carmacks, an evacuation alert was issued for some areas of the village today. A flood warning is in effect for the Yukon River at Carmacks.
The river at Carmacks rose 8.8 cm in the last 24 hours.
A boil water advisory is in effect for residents of the village and Little Salmon-Carmacks First Nation who use private wells.
Residents are also being asked to reduce their use of water to avoid pressure on the sewage treatment plant in case high waters eventually disable it.
“This means reducing toilet flushing, laundry, dishwashing, showering and bathing whenever possible. This will help reduce demand on the Village of Carmacks sewer treatment plant, which is currently being overwhelmed by flooding,” the First Nations government and village officials wrote in a statement.
“For residents not connected to the municipal water supply, avoid draining grey water or waste from your house if your property is affected by the flood.”
“We are working closely with the Village of Carmacks and Little Salmon-Carmacks First Nation to support their efforts to protect homes and infrastructure,” the Yukon Emergency Measures Organization stated in the update.
“Berms have been constructed for the protection of River Drive and in Lower Bench.
“Additional berms for added support are being built for these areas.”
In Dawson City, the situation is a little better. The high-streamflow advisory is ended for the Klondike River at Klondike Valley. A high streamflow advisory is maintained for the Yukon River at Dawson.
“In Dawson City, pumps and sandbags are deployed to protect infrastructure. Boaters should wear life jackets and residents should stay away from the eroding riverbank.”
The situation in Mayo remains much the same as it has been for the last week. A high streamflow advisory is in effect for the Stewart River at Mayo. Sandbags, superbags and poly rolls have been pre-positioned in the village.
In Pelly Crossing, the Mica Bridge is closed and the road to the bridge is open to local traffic only. The community garden is closed.
Water levels on the Pelly River are appearing to stabilize.
In Ross River, an evacuation alert is still in effect for some properties.
A flood warning remains in effect for Pelly River at Ross River, which has lowered by 12.2 centimetres over the past 24 hours.
The government has closed the Ross River pedestrian bridge due to safety concerns.
“Stay clear of the fast-flowing river and the bridge,” the government warned.
The North Canol Road ferry is not running and the Canol Road is closed to non-local traffic north of the Pelly Road.
In Teslin, the rising waters have prompted a plea for volunteers to help with sandbagging to go out on social media.
An evacuation alert for some areas in Teslin continues, while a flood warning is in effect for Teslin Lake, which has risen by five centimetres in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, a flood warning remains in effect for the Liard River at Upper Liard.