Before a flood

In the NWT, damaging floods can occur during the spring breakup period as a result of ice jams.

Spring breakup starts in April in the southern region of the Mackenzie River, and works its way northward, and is completed in about ten weeks. The following communities are considered flood risk areas:

  • Hay River
  • Fort Simpson
  • Fort Liard
  • Nahanni Butte
  • Tulita 
  • Fort Good Hope
  • Fort McPherson
  • Aklavik

If you live in a flood risk area, take steps to reduce your flood risk and damage:

  1. During flood season, know the risk and listen to the news to keep up to date on current conditions.

  2. Make a household emergency plan and kit.

  3. Prepare to evacuate bringing only essential items.

  4. Shut off all power to your home.

  5. Unplug your electrical appliances.

  6. Gather pets and pet supply kit.

  7. Secure belongings stored in and around the house and on your property out of harms way.

    • Ensure that fuel tanks, water tanks and sewage tanks are secured so that they don’t float away or get damaged

    • Move equipment, vehicles and personal belongings to a location that is safe from flooding.

    • Elevate supplies and equipment stored in garages and sheds.

    • Install barriers to protect low lying assets that cannot be relocated.

  8. Know your community’s emergency plan and get prepared.

  9. Evacuate your home and follow instructions from authorities when requested to do so.

    • If you evacuate, register at the identified location or advise local authorities where you are going.

  10. Talk to your insurance provider about flood insurance options for your home and property.