Revised evacuation alert — Old Crow — May 21, 2024

A revised Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Yukon Emergency Measures Organization and the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Emergency Operation Centre for Old Crow evacuation zone 1 (see map). This replaces the Evacuation Alert issued on May 17, 2024 at 3:30 p.m. The Evacuation Alert for zones 2 and 3 has been rescinded.

This alert is due to the risk of flooding along the North Road and the Ski Lodge Road of Old Crow during freshet. Evacuations will begin if water rises quickly and risks flooding homes along the North Road or Ski Lodge Road. At that time, responders will start door-to-door notifications in zone 1. If you are in this zone, you should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

People should make sure they know which evacuation zone their home is in. Local officials will support residents and visitors to evacuate before flooding occurs, and during flooding if needed.

When preparing to evacuate, you should:

  • Pack an emergency kit and make an evacuation plan.
  • Go to the school to tell them about your evacuation plan. You can ask for extra help for people in your house when you do this.
  • Stay clear of the Porcupine and Crow rivers, including river banks, when ice is breaking up or when water is running fast and high.

If there is flooding, beware of road washouts. Tell your friends or family where you are, especially if you’re on the land, and your contact information, including your satellite phone, InReach or ZOLEO. Make a plan for your pets. Animals are not allowed inside the reception centre at Chief Zzeh Gittlit School.

If there is an evacuation, register at the reception centre at Chief Zzeh Gittlit School, even if you are not staying there.

Information will be available at the school, on the Vuntut Gwitchin Government Facebook page, and at www.Yukon.ca/emergencies.

Contact: 

Gyde Shepherd, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Communications Manager
613-804-4273 or gyde.shepherd@vgfn.ca