2009 March News Releases
Volunteers needed to assist some at-risk property owners
WINNIPEG - March 31, 2009 - In an effort to assist property owners at-risk of river flooding, the City of Winnipeg has activated the volunteer component of its Emergency Plan.
Rehabilitation of the Eastbound Portion of the Fort Garry Twin Bridges Begins April 11, 2009
WINNIPEG - March 31, 2009 - Crews will begin preparation for the rehabilitation of the eastbound portion of the Fort Garry Twin Bridges commencing on April 1, 2009. The eastbound bridge over the Red River on Bishop Grandin will be closed to traffic starting Saturday afternoon, April 11, 2009, when eastbound traffic will be diverted onto the westbound structure. Re-opening of the eastbound bridge will occur in September 2009.
Risk of Flooding Due to Ice Jams Continues Within Winnipeg
WINNIPEG - March 31, 2009 - Yesterday, the Province indicated that the Red River is now expected to peak in Winnipeg at 19.0-20.5 feet James on Sunday, April 5, 2009. An above-normal risk of river flooding due to ice jams continues within Winnipeg.
Mayor Invites Citizens to Share Views on a Sustainable City
WINNIPEG - March 31, 2009 - Today, Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz announced plans to host a Symposium on Sustainability from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25th, 2009, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
City responds to river ice conditions
WINNIPEG - March 28, 2009 - Currently the Red River is at 16.7 feet James. A peak of 20.5 James Avenue datum could occur on the Red River in Winnipeg as early as Friday, April 3 if the ice has not moved out of the city and the Floodway is not yet operational.
Major Incident Response Vehicle Not Required in Fargo
WINNIPEG - March 27, 2009 - The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services has asked the City of Winnipeg to stand down on their request for the provision of our Major Incident Response Vehicle (MIRV) to assist in their flood evacuation efforts. The City’s MIRV and paramedic crew will therefore not be leaving for Fargo today as stated in a public service announcement issued earlier today.
City of Winnipeg Participates in Earth Hour
WINNIPEG - March 27, 2009 - The City of Winnipeg, committed to raising awareness of environmental stewardship, will participate in this year’s Earth Hour by turning off the lights in certain civic buildings between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2009.
City Crews will be working to thaw catch basins and culverts as soon as temperatures permit
WINNIPEG - March 27, 2009 - This weekend City of Winnipeg thawing crews, supported by snow removal equipment, will be working as conditions permit to open curb inlets, catch basins, ditches and culverts across the city.
City of Winnipeg in Negotiations with Canada Post
WINNIPEG - March 27, 2009 - The City of Winnipeg has entered into negotiations with Canada Post Corporation regarding the potential purchase of Canada Post property.
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Sending a Major Incident Response Vehicle to Fargo
This request for assistance was cancelled
WINNIPEG - March 27, 2009 - The City of Winnipeg’s Fire Paramedic Service will be sending one of two Major Incident Response Vehicles (MIRV) to Fargo, North Dakota today to help with emergency evacuations of hospitals and personal care facilities.
City of Winnipeg Continues to Respond to River Levels
WINNIPEG - March 26, 2009 - An ice jam north of the city released early this morning and has resulted in water levels dropping significantly within the city. The James Avenue level has dropped one foot in the last 12 hours and is currently at 17.5 feet.
Tall Grass Prairie Management and Ecology Workshop
WINNIPEG - March 26, 2009 - Learn how to manage your piece of prairie paradise! John Morgan of Prairie Habitats will share tips and tricks on how to keep your prairie healthy.
Truck Plowing Operation on Main Routes, Bus Routes and Collector Streets Continues
WINNIPEG - March 26, 2009 - The public is advised that the truck plowing operation on main routes, bus routes and collector streets, that was initiated early yesterday, will continue today and tonight and sanding of streets is on-going. Motorists are reminded to drive to road conditions and to use extreme caution when driving near any plowing or salting/sanding equipment.
Taste of Activity: Your Passport to Healthy Living
WINNIPEG - March 26, 2009 - Find your fit before you commit by participating in a one day Taste of Activity event designed to provide you with the opportunity to experience a number of different healthy living activities such as boot camp, family sikaran, yoga and aquafitness.
Handi-Transit Experiencing 30 - 40 Minute Delays
WINNIPEG - March 26, 2009 - Due to adverse road conditions, Handi-Transit is currently experiencing significant service delays of approximately 30 - 40 minutes. Handi-Transit wishes to advise its customers that all Priority 3 trips have been cancelled for today.
Meerkat Match-Making at the Assiniboine Park Zoo
WINNIPEG - March 25, 2009 - After repeated introductory attempts, the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Slender-tailed Meerkats have finally formed a compatible group. Often seen on television advertisements and nature shows because of their charming antics, Meerkats are so colonial that it is notoriously difficult to add new individuals into an established group.
Truck Plowing on Main Routes Underway
WINNIPEG - March 25, 2009 - The public is advised that the City has initiated a truck plowing operation on main routes in response to this morning’s snowfall, and will continue throughout the day and evening. Motorists are reminded to drive to road conditions and to use extreme caution when driving near any plowing or salting/sanding equipment.
City of Winnipeg Continues Preparing for Rising River Levels
WINNIPEG - March 24, 2009 - Currently the James Avenue level is at 13.9 feet and is expected to reach 20 feet by late Thursday, March 26, 2009, due to ice conditions on the Red River. The City of Winnipeg is preparing for a water level of 20.5 feet James.
Spring Break Day Camps at Living Prairie Museum
WINNIPEG - March 23, 2009 - Celebrate spring and banish the winter blues at Living Prairie Museum’s Spring Break Day Camps.
Residents can pick up sandbags to protect against overland flooding from snowmelt runoff
WINNIPEG - March 23, 2009 - Residents needing to protect their property against snowmelt runoff can pick up sandbags seven days a week, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., at any of three locations.
Mayor’s Environmental Advisory Committee Announces New Members
WINNIPEG - March 20, 2009 - Committed to taking action and ensuring that environmental issues remain a priority at City Hall, Mayor Sam Katz was today joined by the Environmental Advisory Committee co-chairs Councillor Russ Wyatt (Transcona) and Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Jeffrey Hartry to announce five new appointees to the committee.
Assiniboine River Walk Lighting Temporarily Removed
WINNIPEG - March 19, 2009 - Light standards along the Assiniboine River Walk from the Osborne Bridge to the Main Street Bridge have been temporarily removed today in order to prevent potential damage from river ice during the spring break-up. With the normal spring rise in the river level, it is anticipated that the river walk will be completely closed to pedestrian traffic in the near future. Until that time, pedestrians choosing to use the walkway are advised there will be no lighting.
City Closing Snow Disposal Sites
WINNIPEG - March 18, 2009 - As winter comes to an end, the City of Winnipeg is closing its Snow Disposal Sites. The McPhillips Snow Disposal Site located 1.25 km south of the Perimeter Highway on the east side of McPhillips will remain open.
Unofficial By-Election Day Results
WINNIPEG - March 17, 2009 - The 2009 By-Election in the River Heights – Fort Garry Ward and in Winnipeg School Division, Ward 1 was held on March 17, 2009, with 7,691 voters casting ballots for the Office of Councillor and 6,401 voters casting ballots for the Office of School Trustee at 18 voting places throughout the two wards.
City Responds to Rising Water Levels
WINNIPEG - March 17, 2009 - Yesterday, the Province updated its spring flood outlook. They indicate that under adverse weather conditions between now and the spring runoff event, river levels could reach 22.2 feet James (James Avenue Datum) within the city. Residents who live along the river should move or secure any structures or equipment near the water’s edge, such as docks, sheds, gazebos, irrigation pumps, and recreational equipment.
Icy Conditions on Assiniboine River Walk
WINNIPEG - March 17, 2009 - City crews have installed barricades at the entrances to the Assiniboine River Walk from the Legislative Building steps to the Forks and warn pedestrians and cyclists that the walkway is extremely slippery due to the thawing and freezing conditions at this time. Citizens are advised to either avoid using the walkway or if they do to be extremely cautious of the slippery conditions.
By-Election day tomorrow
WINNIPEG - March 16, 2009 - On Tuesday, March 17, 2009, eligible voters will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the Office of Councillor in the River Heights – Fort Garry Ward and the Office of School Trustee in the Winnipeg School Division, Ward 1.
City Crews Continue Work to Fix Potholes, Sand Streets and Open Frozen Catch Basins
WINNIPEG - March 16, 2009 - The public is advised that City of Winnipeg Streets Maintenance crews are currently working to address potholes, water build-up and isolated slippery conditions on city streets resulting from recent warm temperatures. The City would like to remind the public to please use caution around City crews and heavy equipment which will be working throughout the city over the coming weeks.
City of Winnipeg and MMF Partner to Create Job Opportunities
WINNIPEG - March 6, 2009 - “It’s My Community Too”, is a new program focused on building individual and community pride which will assist individuals in developing basic life and employment skills, while improving the quality of life for residents through various municipal clean-up and maintenance projects. A combination of work experience and classroom training will be the first step to establish the necessary skills to either begin job search strategies, or additional skills training that will create the foundation for long term sustainable employment opportunities.
Notice of Advance Voting
WINNIPEG - March 4, 2009 - A By-election for the Office of Councillor in the River Heights - Fort Garry Ward and the Office of School Trustee in Winnipeg School Division, Ward 1 will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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