Flash flood hits Kimmirut, Nunavut
Public housing duplex damaged
Rain and warm weather over the weekend caused a flash flood in Kimmirut, Nunavut.
A public housing duplex was damaged, and the families inside have been moved out.
A torrent of slush and snow rushed down a hill near the airport at about 2 p.m. local time on Sunday.
"Sometimes the roads get washed out, but not to this extent where the building contains damage. We are lucky there were no kids playing around there and lucky there were no injuries at the time," said Kolola Pitsiulak, the manager of the Kimmirut Housing Authority.
No one was injured in the flood, but a dog which belonged to one of the families was killed.
The local housing authority is assessing the damage.
From the hamlet’s side, mayor Qinuayuaq Pudlat said they will look at a way to prevent or prepare for emergencies like this in the future.
"The board members will have to meet to discuss what would be our best options in a situation like a flash flood, concerns like safety and training would be major and we need to be prepared," said Pudlat.
There is a creek in the area which runs with melt water every year, but no one in the community of about 400 people expected a flash flood.