The Town of Hay River declared a state of emergency at 1:32 a.m. Saturday morning, in anticipation of flooding.
The town issued an update about 11:30 a.m. Saturday saying the majority of ice hasn’t yet gone by the community and conditions are likely to get worse with heavy rain in northern Alberta and South Slave region.
It adds water levels are at “near historic levels for this period similar to 2021.” It’s also reporting local ice jams in the West and East channels.
On Sunday morning, the town posted an update, saying, “Sections of 100, 101, 102, and 103 streets sustained varying degrees of flooding. Water and ice had breached the banks along the Mackenzie Highway to the south of Porritt Landing Marina making it impassable for several hours. Water levels did subside slightly in the area which permitted for traffic off the island overnight. Conditions remained stable along the West Channel with flow relief occurring on the East Channel.”
Water levels are expected to continue to rise with ice jams and more precipitation.
The town will continue to update its breakup webpage and social media with new information.
Updated May 8, 11:45 a.m.