River breakup getting closer

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As of April 30, the spring breakup of the Hay River had still not happened, although it was getting closer

Fire Chief Ross Potter, who is also the director of protective services with the Town of Hay River, drove to Indian Cabins, Alta., on April 30 and reported the river was wide open in that location.

Potter said that, beginning at the Alberta/NWT border, there was intermittent open water all the way down river to about Delancey Estates.

“Breakup is definitely imminent,” he said.

As for the possibility of flooding, Potter said he is cautiously optimistic there will be no flooding this year.

As of April 30, he noted the ice on the river was broken up at Paradise Valley for a short distance.