Tag Archives: Red River

Lifesaving Society Warns of Dangers Surrounding Cold, Open Water

Lifesaving Society Warns of Dangers Surrounding Cold, Open Water

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The Canadian Safe Boating Council and the Lifesaving Society is warning the public to stay away from waterways this time of year. (CSBC.CA)

WINNIPEG — Warmer spring weather and the temptation to venture near open water has prompted a seasonal warning for Manitobans.

The Canadian Safe Boating Council and the Lifesaving Society says despite the time of year, the immersion into cold water can be a serious danger.

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Manitoba’s Flood Risk Still Low, Floodway Could Begin Operating Next Week

Manitoba’s Flood Risk Still Low, Floodway Could Begin Operating Next Week

Red River Floodway
The Red River Floodway gates south of Winnipeg are expected to be raised by early next week. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s overall flood risk remains low this season, but the province is warning there’s a moderate chance of overland flooding in low-lying areas along the Red and Assiniboine rivers.

In its latest flood update, the Hydrologic Forecast Centre says ice is expected to break up and start moving this week. The province also expects to begin operating the Red River Floodway by early next week.

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Woman Rescued After Nearly Falling into Red River

Woman Rescued After Nearly Falling into Red River

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A woman was rescued after being clinging to a tree branch on the banks of the Red River in south Winnipeg on Saturday night. (FILE)

WINNIPEG — A woman was rescued from the banks of the Red River moments before she would have been swept away in its current.

Police and firefighters received a report of a woman screaming near the river in the 3400 block of Pembina Highway on Saturday night.

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Winnipeg’s Skating Trail Breaks Records Before Closing for the Season

Winnipeg’s Skating Trail Breaks Records Before Closing for the Season

Red River Mutual Trail
The ribbon is cut to officially open the Red River Mutual Trail at The Forks on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — The Red River Mutual Trail at The Forks closed for the season over the weekend, but not before setting two new records.

The Forks said on Facebook that the trail was open for a record 72 days. This season also saw the trail span a record 10 kilometres in length.

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Manitoba’s Flood Risk Low, But All Eyes on Future Weather

Manitoba’s Flood Risk Low, But All Eyes on Future Weather

Westbourne Flooding
A water-logged ditch and culverts on Highway 16 just west of Westbourne, Manitoba on Sunday, April 2, 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — The lack of snowpack in Manitoba this winter is turning out to be positive news on the flood front.

The province on Friday released its first spring flood outlook for the season, highlighting there’s little to worry about once what little snow we do have begins to melt.

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Artists, Students Beautify Ice-Fishing Shacks in Selkirk to Fight Homelessness

Artists, Students Beautify Ice-Fishing Shacks in Selkirk to Fight Homelessness

Mandy van Leeuwen - Art on Ice
Manitoba realism muralist, Mandy van Leeuwen, wanted to flip perspectives on how we see homelessness in Canada with her ice-fishing shack, “Inside-Outside House,” which will be auctioned off during Holiday Alley on Saturday, December 2 for The Homes For All Fund. (HANDOUT)

Six ice-fishing shacks in Selkirk are standing out to drive social change at the hands of a group of students and talented artists.

Art on Ice is igniting the conversation about homelessness in Canada while creating a new community project in the city just north of Winnipeg.

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Emergency Officials Warn to Stay Off Waterways as Temperatures Drop

Emergency Officials Warn to Stay Off Waterways as Temperatures Drop

Red River Thin Ice
Exposed water on the Red River across from St. Boniface on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Emergency officials are warning the public to be cautious of thin ice and to stay off waterways.

Polic, firefighters and paramedics say as temperatures drop, ice surfaces are thin and fragile. Falling into ice-cold water can turn deadly in a matter of minutes.

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Winnipeg Emergency Responders Put Through ‘Cold Water Boot Camp’

Winnipeg Emergency Responders Put Through ‘Cold Water Boot Camp’

Beyond Cold Water Boot Camp
Emergency personnel take part in Beyond Cold Water Boot Camp at the Winnipeg Rowing Club. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — A two-day exercise has been teaching emergency responders and other officials the effects of cold water on the body.

Beyond Cold Water Boot Camp is a course being led by Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht of the University of Manitoba — better known as “Professor Popsicle.”

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