Get ready for flooding just in case, Hay River tells its residents

The Hay River between Smith Trail and Delancey Estates, where ice is starting to consolidate. (Town of Hay River)

Warm weather expected into the weekend

The Town of Hay River is reminding residents to get ready for a flood — just in case — as breakup season arrives in the southern N.W.T.

Water levels on the Hay River have started rising slightly, the town said in a public notice late Friday afternoon. Ice is starting to build up a bit near Mile 5 and between Smith Trail and Delancey Estates.

The town said it expects the weather to stay warm for the rest of the week, and get warmer as the weekend hits.

Water levels in general are about average — and lower this year than in previous years — but officials in the N.W.T. haven’t ruled out the possibility of flooding.

Last year’s devastating floods in the Hay River and Enterprise areas were from a combination of factors, including high water levels, ice jams, a high snowpack, late spring and lots of rain.

Last week, Ryan Connon, a hydrologist with the N.W.T. government, said Hay River should be on the lookout for warm temperatures combined with rain, which could melt the snowpack quickly.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Fort Liard, Nahanni Butte should be on ‘high alert’ for flooding in coming days, says N.W.T. gov’t, CBC News

Finland: Flooding in Finland is getting worse, new climate report says, Yle News

Sweden: Heavier rainfall will increase risk of landslides and flooding in Sweden, Radio Sweden.

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