Mackenzie River at Fort Providence, May 14, 1992
Ice floes litter the flooded north approach road at the Fort Providence ferry crossing during breakup 1992. A large ice jam formed downstream (in the Providence Rapids) that year, backing river levels up to heights not seen in the previous 20 years. If you look closely, you can see a team member measuring water level on the right. We were using the bottom of the sign as a quick reference point, but we had to abandon it shortly after this when the water got too deep.
The ferry couldn’t operate until the water levels dropped. However, for those who just couldn’t wait, there was a helicopter there to lift their car across (for a large fee!) You can also see the helicopter in the distance in the top photo.
(Photos by UofA River Ice Group, 1992)