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ELEVATED WATER LEVEL AFFECTING TREATMENT PLANT – Water flowing across Front Street created a bottleneck near the Commissioner’s Residence in Dawson City recently. The Dawson waste water treatment plant has been receiving inflows above its capacity, necessitating an emergency release of water. Part of the street was reduced to single-lane traffic, with motorists driving over an earthen mound. Under it, a pipe has been installed inside a metal culvert to take the excess, partially-treated effluent overflow from the plant to the Yukon River. Minimal environmental impacts are expected.

High waters still a concern in rural Yukon

Flooding is continuing to be a problem for several Yukon communities.

By Whitehorse Star on June 20, 2022

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.

Comments (8)

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Politico on Jun 23, 2022 at 7:23 pm

@ LaLa Good grief, eloquent writing with beautiful prose but saying little and signifying less! Your sense of entitlement and treatment of your opponents as small children was masterful. Too bad you have no idea what you are talking about.

The Liberals are not on the defensive ! it is the conservatives that are on the heels trying to play the victim as usual. The party is bereft of new ideas and conscience.

It's a good thing the Liberals are at least trying after 14 yrs of the conservative cutting budgets and denying anything was wrong in the world.

Maybe one day you'll learn the meaning of Progressive, not Regressive

Cheers

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Liberals in LaLa Land on Jun 23, 2022 at 2:52 pm

Dear Politico on Jun 22, 2022 at 4:02 pm:

You presume too much and see too little. This of course is likely due to the reality, the objective reality that Liberals avoid.

Liberals are defensive and they feel the stigma and act out accordingly but there is nothing for them to hold onto so they lash out with baseless accusations, vitriolic conjecture, straw man fallacies and other biases…

Did you touch a nerve? It’s all in your head, the Politicos dread… Again, and this time I will type it slowly - The Liberals are not to blame for Covid but for their handling of it, the Liberals are not to blame for Klimate Khange but for their handling of it…

Liberals using hammers to swat mosquitos on glass windows… Everything they touch gets broken!

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Politico on Jun 22, 2022 at 4:02 pm

@Liberals in LaLa Land - Sorry, did I touch a nerve or did I beat you to the punch. Things blamed on the Liberals, world wide gas prices, world food shortage, world supply line issues, world covid, Canada's lack of factories to build vaccines after Tories closed scientific research facilities in Canada, world inflation! Did I cover enough to prove your objections are not performance driven but prejudice driven.

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Anie on Jun 22, 2022 at 2:56 pm

Artus, by his own account, Wilf seems to have scads of experience in just about any topic that comes up. Unfortunately, although he no doubt is very knowledgeable and experienced in some areas, his expansive resume is a little hard to believe on face value, and so it's understandable that some may question his credibility.

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Chuck Farley on Jun 22, 2022 at 11:34 am

it's mother nature; deal with it.

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Arturs on Jun 21, 2022 at 3:55 pm

I believe Wilf is a go-to-guy regarding flood remediation as he has previous experience.

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Liberals in LaLa Land on Jun 21, 2022 at 1:35 pm

We do not blame Liberals for the high water for FFS! Quit gaslighting you Liberal apologist.

We blame them for their mishandling of things. They are blameworthy for their negligence are they not? You’re getting hung up in the perception of things rather than the facts of the matter.

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Politico on Jun 21, 2022 at 11:08 am

What, no one is blaming this on the Liberals! Come on guys, get with it!

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