May 7, 2021
Broadway, between Kennedy Street and Memorial Boulevard, to close from May 15 until September 30
Released: 12:03 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Eastbound and westbound Broadway, between Kennedy Street and Memorial Boulevard, will be completely closed starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, until 12 a.m. on Thursday, September 30. The closure is required to facilitate remediation work to underground utility passages that run between the Legislative Building and the Legislative Building Powerhouse.
There will be no access to westbound Broadway from Kennedy Street or eastbound Broadway from Memorial Boulevard during the closure. Pedestrian access will be maintained on one side of Broadway at all times.
Motorists should allow for additional travel time and use alternate routes, such as York Avenue, St. Mary Avenue, or Portage Avenue, to reach their destinations.
For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.
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Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to afternoon fires on Sherbrook Street, Maryland Street and Home Street
Released: 5:02 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to three afternoon fires today.
Sherbrook Street Fire
At 1:28 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in the 400 block of Sherbrook Street.
Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered a fire involving mattresses and garbage. The fire was quickly brought under control. No injuries were reported.
Maryland Street Fire
At 1:43 p.m. crews were called to a fire in the 300 block of Maryland Street. Upon arrival on scene, they found a garage fully engulfed, with flames extending to the adjacent home. An offensive attack was launched and the fire in both structures was declared under control at 2:43 p.m.
Winnipeg Police Service arrived first at the scene and were able to evacuate occupants from the home before WFPS crews arrived. No injuries were reported.
Maryland Street between Portage Avenue and Ellice Avenue is expected to remain closed through the afternoon rush hour while crews complete their work on scene.
Home Street Fire
At 3:30 p.m., WFPS was called for reports of a third fire in the 800 block of Home Street. When they arrived at the scene, they found two vehicles engulfed, with flames extending to a garage.
An offensive attack was launched and the fire was declared extinguished at 4:23 p.m. A search of the structures was completed and no occupants were found. No injuries were reported. One neighbouring house suffered heat damage to the exterior.
The cause of all three fires remains under investigation but they are considered suspicious at this time. It is not known at this time if the three are connected. Damage estimates are not currently available.
Each spring, the WFPS sees an increase in the number of fires, particularly those which are determined to be incendiary, or purposely set. Over the past week the WFPS responded to a number of outdoor fires, many involving garbage that were deemed suspicious.
In an effort to reduce these types of fires, the WFPS operates its Community Fire Prevention Partnership (CFPP) with Local Business Improvement Zones and Take Pride Winnipeg to help identify and report properties at risk of arson in the community.
In addition, WFPS crews conduct neighbourhood fire prevention inspections throughout the spring and summer months to help identify potential fire hazards. If a property is found to have a fire risk, firefighters provide the property owner with an information pamphlet and instructions on how to reduce the identified fire risks.
Property owners can help prevent the risk of arson:
- Only put your garbage and recycling carts and yard waste out on your collection day.
- Dispose of garbage, yard waste, lumber, and bulky waste (such as mattresses or couches) properly and promptly.
- Contact 311 to schedule a pickup of your bulky waste items or to report fire hazards.
- Keep all garbage, bulky waste, and firewood well away from your house or garage.
- Use motion-activated lights to brighten the outside of your home or garage. Keep garage doors closed and locked.
Members of the public are also reminded to contact the Winnipeg Police Service’s non-emergency line if they notice someone entering a vacant structure.
For more fire prevention tips and resources, see: www.winnipeg.ca/fireprevention and winnipeg.ca/ourstories
City of Winnipeg to suspend services in response to new public health orders
Released: 9:40 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – As part of our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our residents and employees, and in consideration of changes announced this evening to the Province of Manitoba’s public health orders, the City of Winnipeg is suspending all of its recreation and leisure programs and services, including Leisure Guide programming, and closing all City-owned and operated recreation facilities, gyms, indoor pools, arenas, and libraries effective end of regular operations tonight, and until further notice.
No employee layoffs are planned at this time, as we’re looking for opportunities to redeploy staff impacted by these closures.
Although community centre facilities and assets are owned by the City, they are their own legal entities, each governed by volunteer board of directors. Each community centre board is responsible for the management and operations of their centre, and are ultimately responsible for the decision to close their community centre.
Visitors at our parks, including our skate parks and playgrounds, are reminded to maintain a distance of at least two metres/six feet from every other individual who is not from their household.
In addition, effective Sunday, May 9, groups larger than five people will not be permitted in our parks or athletic fields. Parks booking requests continue to be suspended until further notice.
We will review the formal public health orders once released to determine whether there are any additional impacts to our services.
For more information on the City’s response to COVID-19, see: winnipeg.ca/COVID-19.