Red River Floodway Gates to Be Raised

Flood Watch 2013

The Red River Floodway gates south of Winnipeg as seen on May 1, 2011. (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)
The Red River Floodway gates south of Winnipeg (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The gates to the Red River Floodway will be raised at 6 p.m. today.

The horn will be sounded at the inlet control structure at 5:30 p.m., 30 minutes before operation of the gates.

As of 8 a.m., the province says levels upstream of the floodway were 750.7 feet above sea level. Levels upstream of the floodway rose 6.6 ft. in the last 24-hour period. Levels upstream of the floodway are expected to continue to rise at a similar rate as yesterday due to increasing flows from tributaries.

James Avenue in Winnipeg was 14.2 ft. as of 8 a.m., with water levels potentially reaching 16.5 to 17.5 ft. by Tuesday morning.

Boaters are urged to stay off the water until all ice has cleared and river levels return to normal.

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