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Flood warning issued for Carmax, Yukon | Nation World News

A flood warning was issued for Carmack, Yukon on Tuesday as the Yukon River continues to rise near the community.

“Flooding is currently occurring in low-lying areas,” said a news release from the Yukon government’s Emergency Measures Organization (EMO).

According to the EMO, the water level of the river has risen by 21 cm in the last 24 hours. Part of the increase is due to rain.

The weather forecast says more rain on Wednesday and then some clear.

The rise in water level is expected to continue, but at a slower pace, the release said.

“Water levels are expected to exceed peak levels in two to four days in 2021,” it said, adding that water levels typically peak in June in that region.

The warning comes four days after the EMO issued flood monitoring for community 572, about 175 km north of Whitehorse.

The Klondike River is receding

Meanwhile, a high current flow advisory for the Klondike River in the Klondike Valley has been downgraded as the water level has fallen 30 cm in the past 36 hours.

“The water level at Rock Creek is currently approximately 40 cm below the minor flood limit,” EMO states in a Tuesday news release.

According to the EMO, the water level is expected to continue to fall for the next 24 to 48 hours.

Flood warning issued for Carmax, Yukon | Nation World News
Workers build a berm along a road in Dawson City and the Yukon River last week. High current flow advisories for the city, where the Klondike River meets the Yukon River, remain in effect. (Leonard Linklater/CBC)

The Klondike River flows into the Yukon River in Dawson City, where a high current flow advisory issued Friday remains in effect due to the rising of the Yukon River.

The flood warning is still in effect for Teslin, with the village, Teslin Tlingit Council and volunteers filing and placing sandbags on properties at risk of flooding.

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