Contingencies were put in place, evacuation plans were mapped out and potential problem sites were identified.
But it turned out to be another year of abundant caution for the Hamlet of Aklavik which, in spite of being in the middle of a flood plain, avoided the high waters that hit Inuvik last week.
“We didn’t have any real flooding at all,” said senior administrative officer Fred Behrens. “It stayed fairly high for four or five days. If there had been a jam or anything at that time it definitely would have flooded.
“There’s areas in town where the ditches were under water, but that’s normal for high water.”
With the hamlet located in a flood-
However, Behrens said the hamlet dodged the flood for the sixth year in a row.
“Every year we plan for it,” he said. “Fortunately, every year that I’ve been here so far it’s been a nice melt and break-up with no drastic jams or anything.”
With the GNWT well into phase one of its Emerging Wisely strategy, Behrens said life was slowly returning to normal in the hamlet.
He said Moose Kerr school has been offering tutoring for students displaced by COVID-19, but he had not heard any update on graduation for students.
While the traditional Inuvialuit Feast had to be postponed because of physical distancing requirements, the hamlet was still slated to host drum dancers for Inuvialuit Day on June 5.
However, because of the passing of elder Wally Tyrrell, the performance was delayed until June 8 to allow members to attend the service.