NWT Water Monitoring Bulletin – May 24, 2023

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

Current status – NWT 

  • The water level at Aklavik is 14.92 m (as of 08:30) and has receded slightly since yesterday;
    • There is open water at Aklavik with channels opening up downstream (as confirmed by satellite imagery acquired this morning;
      • As of last night, an ice jam was still intact about 25 km downstream of Aklavik;
      • The large ice jam near the confluence of the Peel River and Mackenzie River (the Turtle) has started to clear and water appears to be moving through to the Middle Channel;
      • Sheet ice in the Delta has shifted and packed into the Middle Channel below Horseshoe Bend.