First Nation, village propose permanent barriers to protect Teslin, Yukon, from flooding

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In early winter, Tlingit trappers near Teslin, Yukon, observed something out on the land that stoked serious concern: the snow was unusually deep. Before long, they relayed the message to the Teslin Tlingit Council. 

“They said we’re going to have a problem here with flooding,” said Chief Eric Morris. “They couldn’t even get to their traplines.”

Fast forward to June and a flood warning was issued for the community, followed by an evacuation alert for certain parts of it. The water rose so high it surpassed last year’s record-breaking flood levels by roughly one metre. 

Since then, Teslin Lake has come down but the level remains “well above average” for this time of

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