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UPDATE: Rock Creek evacuating; Trondëk Hwëchin farm fighting off Yukon’s Klondike River flooding

People are being asked to avoid the Rock Creek and Henderson Corner area
The ice jam on the Klondike River at Rock Creek, seen on May 8. (Submitted/Government of Yukon)

A tactical evacuation is underway in the Rock Creek subdivision near Dawson City, according to the latest update from the Yukon government’s emergency coordination centre.

The update indicates a regional alert was sent out to mobile phones, radio and television with information about evacuating Rock Creek.

Information officer Julia Duchesne said evacuees are being asked to report to the Dawson City arena parking lot and register with emergency social services at 867-332-4597.

People who need assistance to evacuate are advised to call the Klondike Valley fire chief at 867-689-8115, she said.

Water levels may quickly fluctuate over the next few days as ice jams at Henderson Corner and Rock Creek release, according to the update.

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The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in farm is fighting off Klondike River flood waters near Dawson City.

Thirty-two people have been evacuated from Rock Creek and Henderson Corner due to the flood situation, according to the latest numbers from an information officer.

In a May 12 update by email, Julia Duchesne of the Yukon government’s emergency coordination centre said the ice jam at Henderson Corner has released and water levels may rapidly rise in Rock Creek and surrounding areas.

As per the update, people are being asked to avoid the Rock Creek and Henderson Corner area given that it’s an active flood zone.

The update advises:

”Please stay on alert if you are located in these areas. In the event of an evacuation or power outage, a siren will sound. Go to a muster point: primary [at] Klondike Valley Fire Department [and] secondary [at] bus turnaround just south of Henderson Corner.”

A portion of the North Klondike Highway was temporarily closed late on May 10 as water crossed the road. The highway reopened on the morning of May 11 to one lane.

In the latest advisory, rain is in the forecast. Added rain and continued snowmelt mean water levels on the Klondike River will stay high.

Localized flooding is expected to continue until the ice melts. The release of the ice jam at Henderson Creek could worsen the flooding at the farm, as per the latest advisory.

Evacuees seeking accommodation can call emergency support services at 867-332-4597.

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I’m the legislative reporter for the Yukon News.
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