Latest Flood Forecast Calls for Lower River Levels

Red River levels in and around the city are expected to be lower than expected, according to the latest provincial flood forecast released Tuesday.

The forecast is now calling for the crest to be 17.5 to 19 feet at James Avenue, down from 18.5 to 19.5 feet as predicted earlier.

The City of Winnipeg originally was planning on protecting 25 homes with sandbags, but that number dropped to 20 on Monday, and now to only 4.

The flood crest will see river levels above 18 feet at James for over a week beginning at the end of March, the city said.

Despite the improved forecast, the city will still be utilizing 26 of its permanent flood pumping stations and 25 temporary pumps.