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March 1, 2013

Spring Flood Bulletin #1

Released: 9:18 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The Provincial spring flood outlook issued Wednesday, February 27, 2013, indicates that based on spring thaw and weather conditions, river levels within the city could range between a low of 14.0 and a high of 19.7 feet James (James Avenue Datum).

The Winnipeg Public Service is reviewing the flood protection measures required for the projected high level.  The City will continue to work closely with the Province in monitoring the situation and adapt the protection measures accordingly.

High river levels increase the risk of basement flooding across the city. When river levels are high, the normal capacity of the sewer system is reduced. With heavy rains, there is an increased risk of overloaded sewers backing up through house sewer lines and flowing into basements that aren’t protected.

Although basement flooding is a risk at any time of the year, the risk increases with high river levels because the sewer system must then rely heavily on pumping stations rather than gravity to carry the rainfall runoff.

Homeowners are reminded to take steps to protect their homes and property.

  1. Residents who live along the river should move or secure any structures or equipment near the water’s edge, such as docks, sheds, gazebos, irrigation pumps, and recreational equipment. The rising river level will affect each property owner differently.
  2. To ensure maximum protection against basement flooding, arrange for a licensed plumber to install a sewer line backup valve and a sump pit with pump in the basement.
  3. Inspect backup valves and sump pump drainage systems to make sure they are functioning properly.
  4. Ensure drainage is directed away from the home by extending downspouts away from the basement walls and ensuring the earth is built up around the house.

Property owners are reminded it is against the law to drain sump pump water into the basement floor drain or any other part of the house plumbing system, as it can overtax the sewer system placing their basement and those of their neighbours at risk of flooding and damage.

More information is available on the following web pages:

Protect Your Home from Basement Flooding

Basement Flood Protection Subsidy Program

Winnipeg river levels

James Avenue Datum

City of Winnipeg Emergency Preparedness Program

Related links:

Spring/Summer Leisure Guide now available

Released: 11:01 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The Spring/Summer 2013 Leisure Guide is now available at all civic indoor pools, libraries and leisure centres, and will be available Saturday at a number of retail locations. Winnipeg Free Press subscribers will receive a copy in their weekend edition of the paper on Saturday, March 2. The Leisure Guide can also be viewed online by visiting

Program registration will have staggered start dates as follows:

Tuesday, March 12 at 9:00 a.m.
Registration for swimming lessons only begins

Wednesday, March 13 at 9:00 a.m.
Registration for all other programs begins and swimming lesson registration continues.

Registration for all programs will be ongoing after these start dates. For your convenience, the City offers a number of ways to register:

Visit (a login ID and PIN, and a credit card are required).

Citizens who do not already have a PIN and login ID number for online registration are asked to set up an account prior to the first day of registration. This can be done by calling 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or by visiting any civic indoor pool or leisure centre.

Call 311
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

In-Person Registration Locations for March 12 and March 13 Only 
Choose one of our Registration Centres - designed to provide you with a fast and efficient registration experience! You will receive pre-registration guidance in a comfortable waiting area with six service desks ready to complete your registrations.

The following Registration Centres will operate on March 12 and March 13 only, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:

  • Central Registration Centre, 999 Sargent Avenue
  • South-East Registration Centre, 1168 Dakota Street
  • Pan Am Pool, 25 Poseidon Bay

In-person registration on March 12 and March 13 will also be accepted at the following locations (check in-person registration times at the facility of your choice by calling 311 or visiting

  • North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility
  • Transcona Centennial, St. James Assiniboia Centennial and Elmwood Kildonans Pools

Please note that on March 12 and March 13 only, in-person registration will not be processed at the following locations:

  • Main Floor, 395 Main Street
  • Fort Rouge Leisure Centre
  • St. James Civic Centre
  • Sherbrook, Bonivital, Margaret Grant and Seven Oaks Pools.

Queue numbers at all in-person registration locations will be handed out starting at 7:00 a.m. on March 12 and March 13.

Ongoing In-Person Registrations after March 13
Visit or call 311 for in-person registration locations and times.

Mail or Drop-off 
Please note that payment must be made by cheque for all mail or drop-off registrations. Please make your cheque payable to "The City of Winnipeg."

Mail your completed registration forms to: 
Registration Office
395 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 3N8

Completed registration forms can be dropped-off at any of the following locations (check facility for operating hours by visiting or calling 311):

  • Main floor, 395 Main Street
  • St. James Civic Centre, 2055 Ness Avenue
Last update: 01.03.2013

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