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Friday, December 09, 2022

16 Winnipeg properties run the risk of flooding as river water rises, says city | Nation World News

The city of Winnipeg says 16 properties are at risk of spring floods and may need sandbags to keep rising waters in check.

The Red River level peak in Winnipeg at James Avenue is expected to fluctuate from 4.7 to six meters (15.5 to 20 feet) above normal winter ice levels, depending on future weather conditions, the city said in a news release on Monday.

As of Monday 10:46 a.m., the river level at the James Avenue meter was 3.2 meters (10.52 feet).

In 2018, the peak water levels were 4.8 meters (15.7 feet), while in 2017 the peak was 5.94 meters (19.5 feet).

The predicted river levels are below the level of the City of Winnipeg’s flood protection infrastructure, and the city says it is well prepared to handle the coming water levels.

Teams are delivering notices to property owners who could be affected by floods and will examine each area to determine the location of a potential sandbag dike.

Teams will provide further instructions directly to property owners who may need to build a dike.

At this time, the city is not calling on volunteers to help property owners with sandbags.

The city estimates the number of sandbags needed is about 10,000.

Owners of property who have not yet heard of the city and believe their property runs the risk of river floods can contact 311.

Sandbags are available 24 hours a day for those who may be expecting or experiencing landslides at the following locations:

  • 1220 Pacific Ave. at the eastern approach.
  • 1539 Waverley St. at the entrance approach.
  • 960 Thomas Avenue in the visitor car park, next to the bins.

People must bring ID to prove they live in Winnipeg.

This update comes after Manitoba’s flood forecaster downgraded the province’s risk of a major flood due to the slow spring melt.

There remains a risk of moderate flooding for the Red River, but a lower risk of spring flooding in other Manitoba basins, including along the Assiniboine, Souris and Pembina rivers.

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