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Sandbagging Efforts a Success, But More Volunteers Needed

April 16, 2009 5:07 PM | News

Flood Watch 2009

The Red River has crested at 22.55 feet James Avenue, the City of Winnipeg said today. A raise of the floodway gates this morning has resulted in levels dropping in the south end of the city.

Sandbagging efforts have been successful throughout Winnipeg, but officials are warning residents to remain vigilant. Citizens are urged to stay away from roads that are flooded from overflowing creeks and streams, such as Sturgeon Creek. Strong currents and fast moving water can be treacherous for pedestrians and vehicles.

The good news is that river levels appear to be dropping according to the Province, which predicts the Red River will be at 21.9 feet James tomorrow. Levels downstream of The Forks will drop by approximately two feet over the next five days, and are expected to drop by just over six inches in the south end of the city. [Watch video of the Assiniboine River at The Forks]

Over the last two days, the City has finished efforts to protect about 100 properties in north and central Winnipeg to meet today’s crest. New conditions this week required additional dike protection at properties on Scotia Street, Glenwood Crescent, and a few along the Seine and Assiniboine Rivers.

Meanwhile, the City is continuing sandbagging operations until the risk is over. A 24-hour Rapid Response Unit is also on standby to respond to emergency dike issues, such as leaks.

Citizens have once again shown their community spirit by volunteering thousands of hours of their time to assist property owners.

Sandbagging at a few locations may be necessary tomorrow (Friday); therefore a moderate amount of volunteers may be required. People interested in volunteering can call 311 (or toll-free 1-877-311-4WPG) or email 311@winnipeg.ca to register.

Evacuees from the Rural Municipality of Ritchot and one Winnipeg family were registered at the reception centre at Century Arena, 1377 Clarence Ave. So far, approximately 50 people have evacuated their residences due to flood conditions.