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.
- According to satellite imagery, ice is still jammed in the Main Channel of the Mackenzie River as of 8pm on May 26.
- Gauges, photos, and satellite imagery will continue to be monitored, as available, to track the progression of the ice front.
- Water levels under ice continue to increase in the Mackenzie River Delta, at normal rates for this time of year;
- Water levels at Aklavik are at 14.2 m (maximum from last year was 15.539 m, historic maximum is 16.191 m);
- Water levels at Inuvik are 15.4 m (maximum from last year was 15.561 m, historic maximum is 16.559 m);
- Water levels on the Mackenzie River (Middle Channel) below Raymond Channel are 15.8 m (maximum from last year was 15.6 m, historic maximum is 16.6 m)
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.