FORT MCPHERSON, N.W.T. – A hamlet in the Northwest Territories’ Beaufort Delta region has lifted a local state of emergency as floodwaters from the Peel River recede.
The Hamlet of Fort McPherson declared the emergency on May 16 after flooding cut off access to the community’s fresh water supply and airport.
The hamlet lifted the emergency Monday afternoon after municipal services were restored.
That includes access to fresh water and the community’s solid waste site.
The hamlet says several homes on the north end of town and cabins along the Peel River have been damaged by the flood as well as the community’s radio signal.
The territorial government says the river’s water levels peaked Thursday then receded after a large ice jam shifted downstream from the community.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 23, 2023.