NWT Water Monitoring Bulletin – May 30, 2022

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Water monitoring bulletin

NWT Water Monitoring Bulletin – May 30, 2022

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 – Peel River and Beaufort Delta

  • Ice is reported to be moving in the Middle Channel through Horseshoe Bend
    • Water levels continue to respond according to ice movement and jam locations;
  • Residents in Aklavik should be prepared for water level increases if further ice jams form and water backs up;
  • According to satellite radar imagery from yesterday evening, ice was still jammed along the Middle Channel;
  • Water levels continue to steadily rise throughout the Mackenzie Delta;
    • Provisional water levels at Aklavik are at 15.46 m (still lower than maximum from last year of 15.539 m and historic daily maximum of 16.191 m);
    • Provisional water levels at Inuvik are 16.9 m (now higher than the historic daily maximum of 16.559 m);
    • Water levels on the Mackenzie River (Middle Channel) below Raymond Channel have been fluctuating for the previous 12 hours as they are currently impacted by ice;
    • Note: These values are relative to an arbitrary datum and not to each other. See technical note at the end of the bulletin for more information.