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Annual flood preparations underway

March 29, 2019

Every spring, the City of Winnipeg prepares for potential flooding and works to protect properties from rising river levels.

In addition to regularly reviewing flood protection measures, crews are busy with several activities, including closing river gates, sealing manholes, and filling sandbags.

Preparations are also made for temporary and permanent pumping along dikes lining the riverbanks.

Crews regularly reviewing flood protection measures.

Crews regularly reviewing flood protection measures.

City engineers will use the Province of Manitoba’s flood updates, as well as its own information, to calculate what river conditions could be seen within Winnipeg and what impact that could have on the city.

Notices will be hand delivered to properties that could be affected by river flooding. The City will provide further instructions directly to property owners who may be required to build a sandbag dike.

Crews will deliver sandbags to properties identified as needing a sandbag dike.

Crews will deliver sandbags to properties identified as needing a sandbag dike.

City crews fill sandbags and then delivered them to properties identified as needing them.

The risk of basement flooding increases because of the spring melt combined with higher river levels. All homeowners should check their sump pumps to ensure they are working.

The City of Winnipeg posts the current river levels online. More flood information can be found on the City’s EmergWeb site.