The water in Hay River is moving on up, and so are some of its residents.

Residents of the low-lying “Old Town” neighbourhood on Vale Island are being evacuated into “Main Town” at this hour.

Our correspondent reports that an individual who normally works on Vale Island says ice has been cleared off the highway in the area twice.

“There are a lot of people out on the banks on the New Town side watching the ice move through,” Hay River Hub reporter Paul Bickford said Monday morning. “It’s a social event. It looks like water is moving through the West Channel, but we can’t see if it is flowing through the East Channel. I also can’t tell if or how much damage has been caused since we can’t get back onto Vale Island.”

A town employee told NNSL Media the movement of residents takes place yearly. But it is taking place this year with the backdrop of other communitites dealing with high water, including Fort Simpson and Jean Marie River.

At approximately 8 a.m. Monday morning the Town of Hay River’s Facebook page, posted that the river is moving with bank to bank ice flow through town and that residents should be off Vale Island.

Registration is open at the Community Centre and evacuees are asked to call the centre at 867-874-6500 to register.

The evacuation comes as Fort Simpson and Jean Marie River manage flooding and evacuation in their own towns over the weekend.

Jean Marie River prepared for departure on Friday night, while Fort Simpson sounded the siren Sunday afternoon as water levels on the Mackenzie river surpassed 15 metres, forcing the first evacuation there since 1963.

Natalie Pressman

Reporting courts and cops and general news, Natalie started with NNSL Media in 2020. Before moving to Yellowknife, Natalie worked as a community radio trainer in Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First...

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