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Flood evacuation alert affecting 3 Yukon communities – Yukon News

Three Yukon communities are currently facing evacuation alerts: Carmack, Ross River and Teslin.

This means that people in affected areas need to be prepared to leave their homes and communities at short notice. This is considered a voluntary withdrawal for anyone who leaves before or during this alert.

Carmack-area floods

In a notice on June 19, the mayor of the village of Carmack, Lee Bodie, issued an evacuation alert for areas serviced by the wastewater treatment plant. Affected areas include Freigold Road, Tantalus Crescent, Prospector Road, Klaza Road, Nansen Road, Victoria Crescent, McDade Road, Rawlinson Road and a part of River Drive.

A map attached to the notice shows that the affected areas are mainly located south of the Yukon River bend.

According to Carmack’s notice, residents and visitors to the affected areas have been put on alert and should be ready to evacuate within two hours of being notified.

In a June 20 update, the Yukon Government website states that there are six Yukon Wildland Fire Management crews assisting with response efforts in the Carmax area.

“We are working closely with the Village of Carmax and Little Salmon Carmacas First Nation to support their efforts to protect homes and infrastructure,” the update reads.

Update note berms have been installed to protect River Drive and Lower Bench and more berms are being built for those areas.

According to the latest update, the Yukon River has climbed 8.8 cm in the last 24 hours. news On 18 June it was observed that water had crossed the riverside boardwalk in the village.

The notice is asking people to avoid visiting properties in the affected areas and to “proactively move” those areas before they are directly affected by the hazards.

In notice, an evacuation order may be issued if the threat directly threatens residents and visitors. An order means people are at risk and must leave the area immediately. It is mandatory and enforced by the local authorities or RCMP.

When preparing to leave, there are a few things people in notice to communities should do: locate all family members and designate a safe meeting place; Gather essential items such as medicine, eyeglasses, valuable documents and immediate care needs for dependents; moving animals and pets to a safe place; transportation arrangements; arrange a place to live; Monitor local news sources, regional government websites and local authorities for further updates.

Notice Note Emergency accommodation can be provided if necessary. For example, a portion of the Canada Games Center in Whitehorse has been converted to evacuate people from flood-affected areas.

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Floods late last week prompted a boil water advisory for users of private wells in Carmack and Little Salmon Carmack First Nation.

On the Yukon government website, residents of Carmack and First Nation are being asked to limit water use until further notice to help reduce demand for a sewer treatment plant that has been overwhelmed by flooding. This includes minimizing the use of toilet flushing, laundry, dishwashing, showering, and bathing when possible. Those not connected to municipal water supply are being asked to avoid taking out dirty water or garbage from their homes if they are affected by floods.

Flood warning for Teslin and Ross River

The Teslin and Ross Rivers are currently under a flood warning.

Specific areas of Teslin are also being advised of evacuation alerts by Teslin’s village and Teslin Tlingit Council. This alert was issued based on the possible effects of flooding in the areas near Lake Teslin.

In a notice from Yukon Wildland Fire Management on June 11, areas of the Ross River along Cannon Road between Sawmill Road and Pelee River Landing were placed under evacuation alert due to flooding near the Pelee River.

Cannon Road north of Pelli Road is closed to non-local traffic and non-residents are being asked to avoid the area due to the presence of heavy equipment.

Notices to Teslin and Ross River indicate that people must be ready to leave within an hour of the issue of the evacuation order.

Yukon-wide travel advisory issued

On June 17, Yukon’s Emergency Coordination Center information officer issued a travel advisory in response to high water levels across the region.

In the advisory, the Coordination Center is activated to guide the Yukon government’s response to the floods and support communities with their response. Hydrologists are monitoring the water level and a team is actively monitoring the critical infrastructure in the area.

The advisory notes that the Yukon Government Emergency Support Services team and the Canadian Red Cross are making efforts to provide assistance to those who need to leave their homes due to floodwaters.

Yukoners affected by floods can call the Emergency Support Services team at 867-332-7367 to pre-register and ask questions.

In advisory, pre-registration allows people to get immediate assistance, helps the government track withdrawals and ensure that people are able to receive important updates and services.

The advisory is reminding travelers not to stop in areas where flood mitigation is underway; not to interfere with the working staff; Respect closure and advice to communities is in place; Be as self-sufficient as possible by packing all necessary supplies for the duration of the trip; Be prepared for potential traffic delays; And don’t rely on commercial accommodation in communities without pre-booking.

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As for roads, the advisory points out that the Alaska Highway remains safe and open for travel.

With regard to water quality, flooding can add contaminants to lakes and rivers as well as private wells and community water supplies. Advisory note Do not drink water until it is tested. Anyone with concerns about water quality can contact Environmental Health Services at environment.health@yukon.ca or 867-332-3227.

The travel advisory is reminding people to stay safe on and near waterways, knowing that changing weather conditions and melting snow can lead to dynamic conditions and rapid rise in flows and water levels; Stay away from river banks and shorelines as river banks can be cut and collapsed; Do not walk or drive through flood waters as the water can be deeper and faster than it appears; Monitoring debris in waterways and landslides around flooded areas; Do not leave children unattended near lakes and rivers; And do extensive research to understand the local conditions and be prepared before choosing to travel by river.

Northern BC is also experiencing high water

Northern British Columbia is also mitigating high water issues.

In a notice on June 19, the BC Forest Ministry River Forecasting Center issued a downgraded flood watch for the Liard River Basin, including tributaries toward Watson Lake around Fort Nelson and Highway 97. Although the river has fallen from its peak level from June 10 to June 13, the notice shows that the river is likely to rise again depending on the amount of rainfall that falls in the region.

The Swift River and other streams and rivers in the most north-west section of the province are under a high stream flow advisory.

Muncho Lake is located along the Alaska Highway.

A video taken by David Dominic on June 11 and posted to Facebook the following day shows turquoise water creeping up toward the highway and the height of the North Rockies Lodge.

In the email of 20 June newsDominic said the road infrastructure was not affected by the high water and that the highway along the lake’s perimeter was not closed or affected by water level washouts.

The lake level has been declining by about three feet or more since the video was captured, Dominic said, adding that it continues, as of June 20.

Contact Dana Hatherly at dana.hatherly@yukon-news.com

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