Fewer Properties Required to Build Sandbag Dikes

The City of Winnipeg has reduced the number of homes on its radar that require sandbag dikes.

Responding to the province’s most recent flood forecast, the city said Wednesday about 560 properties would require dikes — down by about 150. Approximately 1.8 million sandbags will be required to protect the properties needing dikes. The number of homes requiring residential sewer isolations has also been reduced from 280 to 140.

More good news comes as the city reported there are no changes to the average river conditions, putting levels between 20 to 23 feet at James Avenue. These numbers are similar to 2009. Red River levels in the south end of the city are expected to be three to four feet lower than in 1997 due to high expected flows on the Assiniboine River.

Residents who received a letter requiring them to build a dike can pickup sandbags at any of the following Public Works locations between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week:

  • 1220 Pacific Avenue (West End)
  • 849 Ravelston Avenue West (Transcona)
  • 1539 Waverley Street (Fort Garry)