Fort McPherson ferry back in service after closing due to high water levels

The Abraham Francis ferry at Fort McPherson, N.W.T., is back in service. It was closed for the last 24 hours due to high water levels on the Peel River.

Abraham Francis ferry was docked, but back in service as of 10:50 a.m.

The Abraham Francis ferry at Fort McPherson, N.W.T., should be in service June 7 if all goes according to plan. (GNWT DOT)

The Abraham Francis ferry at Fort McPherson, N.W.T., is back in service after it closed due to high water levels on the Peel River.

The department closed the ferry at 9 a.m. on Monday. It was reopened as of 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for the N.W.T. Department of Transportation.

Heavy rainfall had caused water levels to rise dramatically. 

"Anytime the water levels become high it impacts our landings," said Jayleen Robertson, acting deputy minister for the Department of Transportation.

"We also get heavier flow rates, stronger currents and when the water is this high there is also quite a bit of debris that is coming down that river, which could present some safety concerns."

The ferry service runs from early June to the end of October and operates on demand.