Update on Old Crow Flood Preparedness and Response for May 18, 2024

The spring breakup could cause flooding. While the Emergency Response Planning Team monitors water levels, it is important for you to keep enjoying your daily routine and this week’s community activities.

Old Crow has less sewage capacity due to Dump Road conditions. Reduce your water use by using your taps and flushing toilets less and taking shorter showers.

Response actions

  • Two ice runs passed through Old Crow yesterday along with a third this morning.
  • Ice jamming at the area of greatest concern near the Bluefish River has released, reducing chances of severe flooding.
  • Today's priority is the Dump Road, which is flooded near the sewage lagoon.
  • Hydrologists continue to fly the Porcupine River basin to track ice run movement and melting conditions.
  • The Ski Chalet Road has about 12 inches of water caused by mountain runoff. There is flooding at one property. The road is still passable in trucks and ATVs.

How you can prepare for flooding

  • A resident’s guide to preparing for the flood is available at the community hall, admin building, and the Co-op. 
  • Keep boats out of the river. Ice from the Crow, Bell and Upper Porcupine rivers still needs to flow down the river.
  • Stay well away from moving water and ice and keep children safely away.
  • Check the Vuntut Gwitchin Government Facebook page for updates.
  • Prepare an emergency kit with enough supplies for 72 hours.

Potential evacuation outreach methods

Old Crow is under an evacuation alert. Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. 

The Emergency Response Planning Team will tell you if you need to leave by going door to door, playing sirens, and posting on the Vuntut Gwitchin Government Facebook page. 


For flood information, please call Mike Fancie, public information officer, at 867-332-1928.