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NWT Flood Response Update: May 19, 2022, 16:00pm

Public Safety Bulletin

Unprecedented flooding is currently affecting thousands of residents in the Northwest Territories.

Current status

Water levels and flow

The Hay River and Kátł’odeeche First Nation emergency has transitioned from response to recovery.

Communities are the lead on response and recovery activities and are supported by the GNWT as needed.

Territorial and Regional Emergency Management Organizations are activated and providing resources for planning, coordination, and emergency management and recovery operations.

These updates are shared to amplify the latest information.

Disaster Assistance registration and support

  • Enhanced disaster assistance announced by the GNWT is now available for those affected in Hay River and Kátł’odeeche First Nation.
  • All affected residents are encouraged to register to begin this process. GNWT staff are on-site at the following locations to assist with completing the required form(s) to apply for disaster assistance:





Fort Smith

Municipal and Community Affairs Office

Hay River

Community Centre

Evacuation centre update

  • Evacuees from Hay River and Kátł’odeeche First Nation have begun returning home.
  • Buses will run between Yellowknife and Hay River evacuation centres, departing from Yellowknife Multiplex daily at 8am.


  • GNWT staff are monitoring all highways in the South Slave region. For highway conditions visit: https://www.dot.gov.nt.ca/Highways/Highway-Conditions
  • Highway from the NWT-Alberta border to Enterprise is open.
  • Highway 1 from kilometre 236-238 is open to one-lane traffic. 
  • Highway 2 from kilometre 47.8 towards Vale Island is now open. 
  • GNWT staff are assessing GNWT assets for potential damage due to flooding – including assessing electrical systems in flood damaged buildings with Northland Utilities.
  • The GNWT Driver and Vehicle Services office is open and operating under regular hours – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fees are being waived for anyone who has lost their NWT driver’s licence or NWT General Identification Card in the flood. Identification will be re-issued for those who may not have back-up documentation at this time. The Department of Infrastructure’s South Slave Regional Office is currently closed to the public. South Slave Regional Office staff can be contacted at (867) 874-3753.
  • The MV Lafferty ferry at the Liard River crossing is closed until further notice. GNWT staff are monitoring the situation until operations can resume safely.

Rest of NWT

Flood risk remains in other areas downstream on the Mackenzie River.

There are some communities that remain at higher risk of flooding than others.

  • Nahanni Butte (South Nahanni River, Liard River)
  • Fort Liard (Liard River)
  • Aklavik (Mackenzie River)
  • Fort Good Hope (Mackenzie River)

It’s not too late to take actions to be ready before the water comes. Get simple, practical tips:

Actions today

Hay River and K’at’lodeeche First Nation

  • There are GNWT hired contractors that have arrived in Hay River and K’at’lodeeche First Nation to begin assessment work.

Key messages for staying safe

We know there is fear and anxiety out there right now. And that’s totally natural. The best way to channel that anxiety is to take steps to control your risk. The key messages today are:

  • If it’s flooded, don’t cross: just six inches of water can sweep a full-grown adult away. Please – avoid crossing flooded areas. Instead, call 9-1-1 and seek help.
  • Wherever you are, contact your community government: ensuring evacuees are safe is the priority in an emergency.
  • Get to safety: follow instructions from local officials.
  • If you’re in trouble: find higher ground and call 9-1-1.
  • Conserve your cell phone battery: communication is critical right now.

Donations, helping out, and helpful local links

When trouble comes, Northerners come together. And that’s amazing – but donation overrun can be problematic. Here are the ways we’re recommending you donate and help out:

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