whitehorse real estate,real estate in whitehorse,whitehorse houses for sale whitehorse real estate,real estate in whitehorse,whitehorse houses for sale whitehorse real estate,real estate in whitehorse,whitehorse houses for sale whitehorse real estate,real estate in whitehorse,whitehorse houses for sale

Mayo River Flooding Threatens Yukon Homes

An article from CBC North

Yukon Energy is sending experts to Mayo today to see if they can stem flood waters on the Mayo River.

High water, combined with ice jams, is causing flooding in some riverside homes in the town.

Bruce Mitford woke up yesterday with river water lapping at his front door. “This morning we have water in the yard and it’s approaching the house,” he says.

At least one home in Mayo is already flooded.

Mitford blames Yukon Energy for increased flows from its new Mayo B hydro dam.

“The last thing anyone wants to do is reduce the flow,” he says, “but I don’t believe having a water license gives you the licence to damage people’s property.”

Yukon Energy denies responsibility for the flooding, but spokesperson Janet Patterson says company engineers will consider all options.

“If we did reduce flows, that could result in the ice cover breaking up and could possibly cause ice jams and that could make the situation worse,” Patterson says.

“The fact is there was flooding before Mayo B was built.”

She says if the water flow is reduced, the lost power would have to be replaced from somewhere else, possibly from its diesel plants.