Floods shut down Alaska Highway, prompt evacuations near BC/Yukon border
Flooding continues to be a major concern in the far north. The snow melt and heavy rains in the Yukon last week have shut down the Alaska Highway, west of Watson Lake.
A 200 kilometre stretch between the Dease Lake Highway junction (Hwy 37) and Teslin has been closed since Friday due to mudslides and floods. Officials with the Yukon Territorial government say they hope to have the road open by this afternoon. Commerical vehicles will be given priority as the weekend closure has caused shortages in essential goods for many communities.
The BC River Forecast Centre issued a flood warning for the Liard River early Sunday morning, as the river crested its banks at Lower Post, 10 km from the Yukon border. 24 residents in the area had to be evacuated due to what the forecast centre describes as a 'greater than once-in-fifty-year' flood event. The River Forecast Centre says the water level on the Liard is receeding, but warns people to remain cautious for at least a few days.
Conditions are improving further south. The River Forecast Centre ended the flood watch for the Peace Region and Northern Rocky Mountains on Saturday.