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.
Current status – Peel River and Beaufort Delta
- According to available radar imagery, ice has cleared from Horseshoe Bend and has allowed for drainage to begin through the East and Middle channels;
- Radar imagery shows a small jam situated downstream of Aklavik on the West Channel;
- Water levels at Aklavik have been very slowly dropping over the last 24 hours, but remain well above average;
- Water levels in Inuvik have dropped by ~ 0.5 m since reaching the peak on the evening of May 30;
- Water levels in the Middle Channel below Raymond Channel have dropped by ~ 1.1 m since May 29.