Water recedes in Southern Lakes

Residents in the Southern Lakes region are trying to enjoy what’s left of their summer now that water levels are stable and beginning to recede.

Residents in the Southern Lakes region are trying to enjoy what’s left of their summer now that water levels are stable and beginning to recede.

Tagish, Marsh and Bennett lakes have stabilized for now, although the current level remains about one metre higher than normal for the third week of August.

“Things are looking quite comfortable out there,” said Emergency Measures Organization spokesperson Doug Caldwell.

“People are trying to enjoy their summer because for the last eight or nine weeks they haven’t been able to relax.”

Water levels will continue to be affected by rain, but the forecast calls for normal temperatures and minimal precipitation.

The new record level is 35 centimetres above the previous historic record from 1981.

Engineers continue to maintain the dike holding back water as residents try to maintain the sandbags surrounding their properties.

“The water is starting to find little pathways around the sandbags,” said Caldwell.

Water levels are expected to return to normal by late September. (JW)

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Throne speech promises COVID-19 support, childcare, internet upgrades

Yukon premier said he is “cautiously optimistic” about many commitments

Culture Days comes back to Whitehorse with in-person activities, events

Clay sculpting, poetry readings, live music, moose hide tanning, photo walks and… Continue reading

Business relief program expanded, TIA told travel restrictions likely to remain until spring

The Yukon government has extended the business relief program

Driver wanted in alleged gun-pointing incident in downtown Whitehorse

The suspects fled to the Carcross area where the driver escaped on foot

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for Sept. 25, 2020

Canada Games Centre could get new playground

Council to vote on contract award

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Harescramble brings out motorcycle community

This year’s event included 67 riders

YG seeks members for youth climate change panel

“Yukon youth deserve to have their voices heard”

Yukon NDP hold AGM

This year’s meeting was held virtually

Watson Lake man arrested on cocaine charge

Calvin Pembleton, 53, is facing multiple charges

Liard First Nation’s language department receives literacy award

Decades of work has made Kaska language available to many

Yukon government releases new guidelines for COVID-19 symptoms and sending children to school

The advice sorts symptoms into three categories: red, yellow and green

Most Read