May 3, 2022

City of Winnipeg: Flood Bulletin #2

Released: 9:06 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – On May 2, 2022 the Province of Manitoba issued its Water Information and Flood Conditions forecast. Based on the latest provincial forecast and data, the City of Winnipeg has revised its flood planning and has identified a total of 27 private properties at risk of river flooding.

Water levels within Winnipeg are expected to range between 19 and 20.4 feet James Avenue between May 5 an May 14. The Red River peak is anticipated to arrive at the Floodway inlet between May 11 and May 14. The Province is operating both the Red River Floodway and the Portage Diversion to manage water levels within the city, which are expected to remain high for a few weeks.

Of the 27 properties identified as being at-risk of river flooding:

  • Seventeen (17) are being advised to build their dike by Friday, May 6; of these, 13 properties had previously been identified as being at-risk in March
  • Ten (10) are being advised to be prepared to build their dike as required; these are all newly identified at-risk properties

At this time, 3 properties located along the Assiniboine River identified in March are no longer considered at-risk.

The number of sandbags required is estimated at approximately 29,000. The clay dike at Turnbull Drive is also being raised.

The City is hand-delivering notices to the affected property owners and will be surveying each of the identified properties to determine the location of potential dikes. We will provide further instructions directly to property owners who may, at some point, be required to build a dike. If a property owner has not heard from the City and believes their property is at risk of river flooding, they can contact 311.

The City is not putting out a call for volunteers to assist property owners with sandbagging efforts at this time.

As of 8:42 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 the river level at the James Avenue gauge was 18.16 feet. River levels are available online at City of Winnipeg – Current river levels and updated in real time every 10 minutes.

The City will continue to work closely with the Province of Manitoba to determine whether additional properties may require dikes to protect against river flooding.

Residents are encouraged to follow the City on Facebook and Twitter (#wpgflood) for flood updates.

Mayor Bowman Presents the Free Press with the Organizational Community Service Award in Recognition of 150 Years in Winnipeg

Released: 1:02 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, on World Press Freedom Day, Mayor Brian Bowman presented the Free Press with the Organizational Community Service Award in recognition of their 150 years in operation.

“As long as Winnipeg has been incorporated as a city, the Free Press has been reporting our city’s news and information,” said Mayor Bowman. “At a time when the space for civil discourse on matters of fact and public policy debate are shrinking, a free press is more important than ever. The Free Press has always been a leading voice on the national and international stages but most importantly, the Free Press has always been a champion for Winnipeg.”

In operation since 1872 when Winnipeg had a population of 1,467, the Free Press has grown as Winnipeg has grown. With Winnipeg’s population at approximately 767,500 people according to 2022 Statistics Canada data, the Free Press has grown into a total weekly readership of 407,000 Winnipeg adults.

The presentation of the City of Winnipeg Community Service Award was established by the Mayor’s Office in the 1950s. This award is presented to give recognition to individuals or organizations of the City of Winnipeg, who through their dedication, have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field of endeavour, benefiting in an outstanding manner the social, cultural or economic well-being of their community.

“The Free Press has helped shape our community from the beginning and is the type of organization that this award was created for,” said Mayor Bowman.

City promoting sustainability with compost giveaway, spring curbside giveaway weekend

Released: 2:19 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is inviting residents to think sustainably this spring, by taking advantage of our annual compost giveaway, and by finding a new home for reusable, unwanted items during the Spring Giveaway Weekend.

Annual compost giveaway

The grass clippings, leaves, and twigs that residents have hauled to the curb as part of our yard waste collection have been turned into piles of compost ready for your garden and we are giving it away for free May 13 to 15 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. while quantities last at the following locations:

  • Brady 4R Winnipeg Depot, 1777 Brady Rd.
  • Kilcona Dog Park, west parking lot off McIvor Avenue (line up on Norris Road, south of McIvor Avenue)
  • Summit Road closed landfill site, Summit Road north of Optimist Park

This event is open to Winnipeg residents only. Residents must bring their own containers, shovels, and gloves. There is a limit of 100 litres of compost per vehicle (approximately five 19-litre/five-gallon pails) and no trailers are allowed. To promote social distancing, only one vehicle will be allowed per compost pile at a time.

For more information, see: winnipeg.ca/compostgiveaway

Spring curbside giveaway weekend

This year, the spring curbside giveaway weekend is happening May 14 and 15. It’s a great opportunity to find a new owner for those reusable, unwanted items taking up space in your home, or to browse the curbs for some great finds.

Simply place reusable, unwanted household items at the curb on your front street, label those items with a FREE sticker or sign and remove leftover items from the curb by dusk on Sunday.

Be sure to store items that you don’t want to give away out of sight and please do not put out:

  • Items that could be unsafe
  • Items infested with bed bugs (e.g., mattresses, furniture, and bedding)
  • Toilets (with a flush volume of 13 litres or more)

For more information, including suggested items, giveaway weekend etiquette, and what to do with leftover items, see: winnipeg.ca/giveawayweekend

Mayor Bowman Announces Rededication Plaque in Honour of World Press Freedom Day

Released: 2:33 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – In honour of World Press Freedom Day, Mayor Bowman announced plans for a new plaque to be installed in the City Hall Media Centre that will rededicate the space to all who serve in Winnipeg’s professional media. With funding from the Mayor’s Office budget, the Media Centre has been renovated, restored and equipped with new lighting, seating and technology to meet the needs of a modern era of reporting. 

“Timely and accurate reporting is the foundation of how Canadian democracy operates,” said Mayor Bowman. “We’re fortunate to have a multitude of dedicated professionals who commit countless hours toward ensuring our residents are kept informed and guided by the professional reporting of facts.”

In December of 1993, World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly as an annual reminder of the importance of press freedom and independence. On the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, May 3 is now recognized across the globe as World Press Freedom Day. Article 19 of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

The new plaque is in production and will be unveiled at a later date. A mock-up of the new plaque, and a picture of the current plaque which will remain, are attached.

Rededication Current Plaque

Current Plaque

Rededication New Plaque

New Plaque

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