There are 27 properties in Winnipeg that are at risk of river flooding based on the latest provincial forecast.
On May 2, 2022 the Province of Manitoba issued its Water Information and Flood Conditions forecast.
As of this morning, 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.
According to a news release, water levels within Winnipeg are expected to range between 19 and 20.4 feet on James Avenue between May 5 and 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.
Anyone who thinks their property may be at risk for flooding can call 311. No volunteers are needed at this time to assist with sandbagging.
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.