Hay River, residents eager to return home to the NWT may not be able to do so yet, but the city says it expects a “phase reopening plan” this weekend.
The worst flooding has passed, but the townspeople are not yet ready to return.
In an update on Saturday, the city said rescue workers were still the only people allowed in the community and that the presence of other residents “would be detrimental to our rescue effort.”
Nearly 3,800 residents of the Hay River were ordered to evacuate their community when floodwaters inundated the city center on Wednesday night.
On Saturday, many parts of the community were still inaccessible, and some water and sewer systems were out of order.
The city is currently under boiling water consultation.
Glenn Smith, senior executive at Hay River, told the CBC on Saturday morning that the water level in the river had dropped significantly since the ice broke, but there were still dangers such as power lines and impassable roads.
Smith said about 70 percent of the city’s population is flooded around the lift station that handles the storm sewer system.
“Your sewer is working, things are leaking through your drain, but this adds to the problem on the Riverview side,” he said.
“Having more people in the community right now can negatively affect your neighbor.”
Smith said workers were moving forward and that residents would be allowed to return home once the city was better handled at the lift station infrastructure.
“[We] I really appreciate your patience, “said David Cook, chief of The Christian Science Monitor’s Washington bureau.
On Saturday the condition of the Hay River was divided over the area of the renewal city.
The Lakeshore Drive and West Channel areas are at risk of flooding on Saturday, and nearly half a kilometer of highway has been closed, according to city updates.
There is no electricity in Old Town and the West Canal. Employees are set to begin work this weekend to replace the fallen poles.
The city also warns that propane tanks could be displaced and leak.
Meanwhile, the airport’s main runway was closed due to fog. The gravel runway is open.
553 Area, Two Seasons and Costways, Downtown
The city said lift stations in the 553 area are working and, with the exception of a few properties on the Cranberry Crescent, are running on electricity.
Both seasons and costaways have no electricity and no road access.
The city said there is currently no sewer service in the area from Macroory Drive to the West Channel Bridge and residents will not be allowed to return until this service is restored.
“It is very important for the residents of this area to understand that any sewage added to this system is collected in the valley,” the update says.
“Added extra fluid to increase recovery time.”
Anyone in the area is requested not to use the sewer services and to contact the registration center for details on temporary toilet facilities.
In addition to the downtown transformers, there is a power supply service, which the city said is being rated today.
There is also no road access to Riverview Drive and Gates Drive.
All infrastructure operates up to 5 miles south of Macroory Drive.
The path to Paradise Garden is closed.
The power is on, but can be disconnected at any time to allow electrical testing.
The city encourages drivers to check into the Hay River area Government website For the latest road conditions.
Anyone interested in volunteering to clean up can contact Jill Morse, Hay River’s volunteer coordinator, at 867-876-0735.
The Canadian Red Cross helps those who have been evicted
The Canadian Red Cross is now helping the Northwest Territorial Health and Social Services Commission to help those who have been evicted.
In a Facebook post on Friday evening, Health and Social Services Minister Julie Green encouraged those who want to help donate small denomination cards to Gas, the Independent grocery store or Walmart.
“Many people left only what they were wearing and needed gas to go home when the time came,” he wrote.
The army was not called into the city until Friday evening.
Mike Westwick, a spokesman for the Territorial Emergency Management Agency, said on Friday that the NWT government was in regular contact with the Town of Hay River and the neighboring Kátł’odeeche First Nation Reserve, and was ready to seek help from the Canadian Armed Forces if there were any communities. Ask it.
Residents of Whispering Willows and Riverview Lodge seniors’ homes were temporarily relocated to the Hay River Regional Center, which Westwick said were not threatened by flooding.
As of Friday evening, there were no disappearances or deaths as a result of the floods.
“This is a testament to all the great work that Down of Hay River has done and to all the dedicated emergency assistants on the ground,” Westwick said.
Destruction ‘widespread and intense’
Putting a dollar sum for the damage was too soon, but Westwick said the devastation was “widespread and serious.”
“In the memory of life, we know that there was no flood of this magnitude. It was unprecedented and the areas around the Hay River were flooded,” he said.
“One good thing to take from this is that our communities are incredibly resilient. Emergency action is very strong and we as a team and as a big city have faced this challenge. So far.”