Recovery from the 2022 flooding in Hay River and K'atl'odeeche First Nation to repair and restore properties and infrastructure is ongoing.
Residents and businesses in the Town of Hay River should be aware of upcoming deadlines and the importance of taking mitigation measures related to future property protection and disaster assistance eligibility.
These deadlines do not apply on the K'atl'odeeche First Nation (KFN) reserve, where the GNWT is facilitating recovery activities with KFN and the federal government.
Town of Hay River - Flood 2022 deadlines
Deadline to Request Structural Assessment – January 31, 2023
Hay River residents and businesses who have concerns about the structural integrity of their primary residence or place of business must contact MACA to request a structural engineering assessment by January 31, 2023.
Deadline to Request Mitigation Consultation – January 31, 2023
Mitigation measures must be taken to be eligible for future disaster assistance from a similar disaster event (see Mitigation measures). Hay River residents and businesses who need information about mitigation measures that can be taken to protect their home or business from future flood damage must contact MACA to request a mitigation consultation by January 31, 2023.
Deadline to Submit Final Disaster Assistance Claim – December 31, 2023
Hay River residents and businesses who have applied for disaster assistance must submit their final claim for disaster assistance, including costs for abatement, mitigation and repair or replacement of homes, businesses and contents on the Standardized Item List by December 31, 2023.
- These deadlines apply only in Hay River. The GNWT is leading repairs on the K'atl'odeeche First Nation reserve and is undertaking necessary structural assessments and appropriate mitigation activities as part of the repair work on the reserve.
Future eligibility for disaster assistance
Under the GNWT’s Disaster Assistance Policy, financial assistance may be provided up to three times under the following conditions:
- Private property was constructed in an area before it was known or designated as being disaster-prone.
- Proof that mitigation actions have been taken to limit future damage.
If your home or business was damaged by the 2022 flood in Hay River, you will not be eligible for future disaster assistance related to a similar disaster event unless appropriate mitigation measures have been taken.
Mitigation measures are actions taken to decrease future flood damage, such as home elevation; relocating appliances out of basements and crawl spaces; or using water-resistant building materials. MACA is currently arranging for mitigation consultations for individuals. The deadline to request a mitigation consultation is January 31, 2023.
- The GNWT can provide up to a maximum of $75,000 for residents and small businesses with eligible 2022 claims to undertake mitigation actions.
- Mitigation work to address the 2022 flood should take place as soon as possible.
To maintain eligibility for disaster assistance for potential flood damage in the upcoming 2023 flood season, property owners must demonstrate that they used best efforts to complete 2022 mitigation measures. Examples may include: requesting a mitigation consultation; obtaining mitigation quotes; submitting mitigation funding applications to MACA; and, scheduling the completion of mitigation work.
The Spring 2022 Flood Level Mapping Report
The Spring 2022 Flood Level Mapping Report describes the survey methods and elevation data for High Water Marks (HWMs) identified and marked in May 2022, following the flood event in the Town of Hay River and on the K’atl’odeeche First Nation (KFN) reserve. It also includes photographs, location coordinates and descriptions of the HWMs.
Data from this report will be used to inform the development of future flood maps.
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has existing flood maps for this area that were adopted in 1980s and these maps remain the authoritative maps until new maps are developed. It is anticipated that preliminary inundation maps for Hay River will be completed in Spring 2023; this is the first step towards the completion of new flood maps for the area.
As part of recovery efforts, the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) is recommending that, where warranted, homes be elevated at least 40 cm above the 2022 flood elevation, subject to any additional requirements that apply in the Town of Hay River due to their by-laws.
The Spring 2022 Flood Level Mapping Report Summary
GNWT Pathfinders are there to guide you through flood recovery.
- (867) 874-2193
Pathfinders in Hay River can now be found in the MACA Office (Court House Building)
For information specific to your community, reach out to your community government.
- Disaster Assistance Policy - Frequently Asked Questions
- Disaster Assistance Policy
- Disaster Assistance Funding Policy
Hay River Residents - How to Use your Damage Assessment Report
Hay River Small Businesses and NGOs - How to Use your Damage Assessment Report
Mitigation Funding Application Town of Hay River Homeowners and Businesses
Disaster Mitigation Measures Assistance for Hay River Residents and Small Businesses
Process For Replacing Destroyed Or Significantly Damaged Homes In The Town Of Hay River
Handbook for Small Businesses and Non-profit Organizations - Disaster Financial Assistance
- Space-by-space checklist - Returning home safely after a flood
- Checklist – Property Owner’s Checklist
- Be Ready – After a flood