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City Providing Sandbags to Protect from Overland Flooding

March 27, 2013 2:49 PM | News

Flood Watch 2013

Sandbags are prepared during the flood fight of 2010 in this file photo. (CHRISD.CA)

Sandbags are prepared at one of the city’s facilities in this file photo. (CHRISD.CA)

To help homeowners protect their property from overland flooding this spring, the City of Winnipeg is providing free sandbags from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Residents can pick up sandbags from any of the following locations:

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

For emergency sandbag pickup outside of the above hours, residents can call 311. Proof of Winnipeg residency will be required.

The sandbags are only being provided for overland flooding, and not for homes living along the river. The city will release further information for those homeowners once it has analyzed the province’s latest flood forecast.

City crews are also out working to open frozen curb inlets and culverts, address overland flooding from snowmelt, repair potholes, and sand streets.

The city also announced on Wednesday that due to cooler temperatures and the abundance of lingering snow, its annual seasonal yard waste collection program has been postponed until Monday, April 15, weather permitting.