Water levels in Fort Simpson drop, everyone allowed to return to island

The water levels have receded quickly on Sunday morning. (Photo courtesy of Chief Gerald Antoine.)

After eight days of uncertainty, the water levels in Fort Simpson appear to be receding.

Łı́ı́dlı̨́ı̨́ Kų́ę́ First Nation Chief Gerald Antoine says he is heading into town to investigate the damage.

“We need to look at how we can rebuild our community,” he says.

The flooding fluctuated throughout the week, surpassing 16 metres at one point. But on Sunday a post on Facebook said it had receded to under 10 metres.

Mayor Sean Whelly says everyone is allowed to return to the island.

Another Facebook post says it may still be several days before the water, power and sewage is restored. Additionally, Mackenzie Dr. is closed to vehicle traffic indefinitely as staff determine the integrity of the road.

An aerial view of the flooding on Wednesday. (Photo by Luke Carroll/ CKLB.)

Residents were evacuated once water levels hit 15 metres; some were able to find accommodation in other communities, others stayed with friends who lived on the higher mainland, while many stayed in a tent city that was established.

The Canadian Rangers were called into assist the community members.

It is unclear at this point what the level of damage is, but numerous community members have told CKLB it is expected to be extensive.

This story will be updated. 

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Luke Carroll
Luke Carroll is a journalist originally from Brockville, Ont. He has previously worked as a reporter and editor in Ottawa, Halifax and New Brunswick. Luke is a graduate of Carleton University's bachelor of journalism program. If you have a story idea, feel free to send him an email at luke.carroll@cklbradio.com