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Is my property at risk from flooding?

Properties in Winnipeg can be affected by different types of flooding including: basement, overland, snowmelt and river flooding.

Basement Flooding

It's important to protect your home from basement flooding because no matter where you live in Winnipeg, your home is at risk of basement flooding. For more information on basement flooding and how you can protect your home, visit City of Winnipeg – Basement Flooding.

Overland Flooding

Creeping water from creeks and ditches can cause overland flooding on some properties. For more information, visit City of Winnipeg – Flooding FAQ.

Snowmelt Flooding

Snowmelt can sometimes penetrate foundations if certain precautions are not taken. For more information on how to improve the drainage around your home and prevent snowmelt flooding, visit City of Winnipeg – Flooding FAQ and City of Winnipeg – Basement Flooding.

River Flooding

The City has made significant investments in permanent flood protection since the 1997 flood. These investments include primary and secondary dikes, land drainage improvements and upgrades to combined sewer systems.

Using flood forecast information from the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg will identify homes and properties that need a sandbag dike, and will contact property owners directly using hand-delivered notices. If you are not contacted, your property has not been identified as being at risk of river flooding.

Even if your home does not require a sandbag dike for river flood protection, your property may still be at risk from basement, overland or snowmelt flooding.

Last update: March 21, 2017