After the province updated its flood forecast earlier today, the City of Winnipeg is releasing details on its preparations.
Water levels are expected to be between 18.5 and 19.5 feet at James Avenue by April 7. That’s the same time period when the province says the Red River will crest in the city.
Approximately 25 properties within city limits will need flood protection this year and 35,000 sandbags will help them to do it. Vulnerable homeowners will be notified starting tomorrow when city survey crews begin making their rounds to settle dike elevations. Sandbags will then be delivered beginning in the middle of next week, as the city will be starting up two sandbag machines.
Residents are reminded to secure any structures or equipment near the water’s edge and to check sump pumps and backwater valves regularly.
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