NWT Spring Break-Up Water Update - May 29, 2024

News Type: 
Water monitoring bulletin

The Government of the Northwest Territories maintains water monitoring stations across the territory to keep track of water levels and flow rates in areas of potential flood risk for communities.

This information is provided regularly to territorial and regional emergency managers to help understand the status of waterways across the NWT in the lead-up to, and during spring break-up – the highest-risk period for floods in the Northwest Territories.

Technical Data

NWT Spring Break-Up Water Updates – May 29, 2024 at 15:00

NWT Water Monitoring Bulletin - May 8th, 2024


Current Status - Spring Break-Up

  • Water levels at the gauge just above Aklavik are starting to decline and are below average for this time of year.
    • The ice front on the Peel Channel has moved downstream of Aklavik.
  • Water levels at Inuvik are continuing to rise but are lower than average for this time of year.
  • The ice front on the Mackenzie River Main Channel has pushed past the Raymond Channel confluence.
    • Residual ice continues to move through the Delta.
  • The risk to communities of ice-jam induced flooding appears to have passed for the 2024 season based on current information.
  • Water levels on the mainstream channels of the Mackenzie Delta upstream of the ice fronts remain low.