Oldest town in Yukon almost wiped out by ice jams and flooding


The historic town site of Forty Mile is the latest area in the Dawson City, Yukon, region to be impacted by ice jams and extreme flooding.

A large ice jam at the confluence of the Forty Mile River sent water and ice into the site, knocking buildings and structures off of their foundations.

“There’s been a lot of movement,” said Roberta Joseph, chief of the Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin First Nation. “New buildings, old buildings, off their original locations, which is quite devastating.”

Joseph said the extent of the damage isn’t known at this time, but once the road into the site is safe to travel ground assessments will be conducted.

“There’s been a major flood

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