2009 April News Releases
Bike and Bus Program Begins May 1, 2009
WINNIPEG - April 30, 2009 - Winnipeg cyclists can enjoy the convenience of biking and bussing with the return of Winnipeg Transit’s Bike and Bus Program.
Change of Location – Services to Flood Evacuees
WINNIPEG - April 29, 2009 - Effective Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 6:00 p.m., the Flood Evacuee Reception Centre in Winnipeg, located at the Century Arena, will be closing. Evacuees requiring further information should call 204-986-4000.
Property Owners Advised of Increased Risk of Basement Flooding
WINNIPEG - April 29, 2009 - With rain in the forecast, property owners are advised that there is an increased risk of basement flooding due to high river levels.
City Provides Spring Active Transportation Update
WINNIPEG - April 29, 2009 - Today, Councillor Russ Wyatt joined partners from Bike to the Future, the Winnipeg Trails Association, Climate Change Connection, One Green City, Resource Conservation Manitoba, the Manitoba Cycling Association and the Centre for Sustainable Transportation, to announce three Active Transportation initiatives for Spring 2009.
City of Winnipeg Day of Mourning Ceremony
WINNIPEG - April 28, 2009 - With flags at half mast today, the City of Winnipeg commemorated the 61 workers who have died of work-related causes since 1978, and those injured in the workplace.
City of Winnipeg to Reissue Expression of Interest for Indoor Water Park Project
WINNIPEG - April 28, 2009 - The City of Winnipeg will be reissuing an Expression of Interest (EOI) with respect to the design, construction and operation of an indoor water park.
Mayor’s Symposium Launches Year-Long Dialogue of Public Involvement
WINNIPEG - April 25, 2009 - Committed to engaging public involvement and participation to develop Our Winnipeg, the city’s long term planning blueprint, Mayor Sam Katz today welcomed over 250 delegates to the Mayor’s Symposium on Sustainability.
Winnipeg will Launch Initiative to Involve Citizens in Planning City’s Future
WINNIPEG - April 24, 2009 - Tomorrow, the City of Winnipeg will announce the launch of Our Winnipeg, a planning process that will provide an opportunity for all Winnipeggers to express their vision of the way the city can grow and sustain its unique character over the next 25 years.
Change in Operating Hours - Flood Evacuee Reception Centre
WINNIPEG - April 24, 2009 - Effective Monday, April 27, the Flood Evacuee Reception Centre in Winnipeg, located at the Century Arena (1377 Clarence Avenue), will be open from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily, until further notice. The Reception Centre will remain open from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26.
Property Owners Reminded to Leave Dikes in Place
WINNIPEG - April 24, 2009 - River levels in Winnipeg remain very high, and property owners are urged to leave their dikes in place until notified by the City of Winnipeg. When river levels permit, the City will remove and dispose of sandbags used in protection from high river levels, Mayor Sam Katz announced today.
Annual Bike Auction
WINNIPEG - April 23, 2009 - The Community By-law Enforcement Services Bicycle Recovery Section’s annual auction of unclaimed bicycles will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2009 and Sunday, April 26, 2009, at the Varsity View Sportsplex, 4230 Ridgewood Avenue.
Crocus Days at Living Prairie Museum
WINNIPEG - April 23, 2009 - The crocuses are out and that means that spring is finally here!
Kildonan Municipal Golf Course Set to Open 9 Holes
WINNIPEG - April 23, 2009 - The City of Winnipeg’s municipal golf courses welcome golfers of all ages and skill levels as they begin their 2009 golf season.
Citizens Invited to Register to Observe Symposium Proceedings
WINNIPEG - April 22, 2009 - Members of the public interested in joining Mayor Sam Katz, a panel of invited speakers, representatives of community organizations, and over 100 fellow citizens, as citizen observers at the Mayor’s Symposium on Sustainability this Saturday, April 25, 2009, are invited to register by telephone at 204-986-7367 or through the City’s website at www.winnipeg.ca/MayorsSymposium.
567,830 Calls Made to Winnipeg’s 311 Call Centre in its First Three Months
WINNIPEG - April 22, 2009 - The City of Winnipeg’s Chief Administrative Officer, Glen Laubenstein, today released first quarter statistics for Winnipeg’s new 311 service, saying a number of important lessons have been learned since the system went live in January.
Dikes in place to protect all at-risk properties – Vigilance still required
WINNIPEG - April 17, 2009 - River levels throughout the city have dropped about a foot from yesterday’s crest of 22.5 ft. James Ave. Upstream of the city, river levels continue to rise and are approximately 0.6 ft higher than yesterday. This rise is a result of operating the floodway gates to maintain “natural” levels upstream of the Floodway.
Harbour View Golf Course Set to Open
WINNIPEG - April 17, 2009 - The City of Winnipeg's Harbour View Municipal Golf Course welcomes golfers of all ages and skill levels as they begin the 2009 golf season. The golf course will open on Saturday, April 18, 2009.
City’s Annual Spring Cleanup Commences on Sunday Night, April 19, 2009
WINNIPEG - April 17, 2009 - The City's annual spring cleanup of streets, walks, back lanes, and boulevards is scheduled to begin Sunday night, April 19, 2009.
Don’t Trash Your Spring Yard Waste! Leaf It With Us!
WINNIPEG - April 17, 2009 - Recycle your spring yard waste by dropping it off at one of the 10 Leaf It With Us depots. We’ll compost it into a reusable soil-like material.
Sandbag efforts successful, but vigilance required
WINNIPEG - April 16, 2009 - The Red River is currently at 22.55 feet James Avenue. A raise of the floodway gates this morning has resulted in levels dropping in the south end of the city.
State of Local Emergency Declared for Properties on the River Side of Primary Dike
WINNIPEG - April 16, 2009 - The City of Winnipeg has declared a State of Local Emergency covering all properties on the river side of the primary dike, as of 11:13 a.m., Thursday, April 16, 2009. This declaration is authorized under the Province of Manitoba’s Emergency Measures Act, and has been made to allow the City to respond quickly to an evolving flood situation.
Efforts continue to protect at-risk properties in north and central Winnipeg from higher than expected river levels
WINNIPEG - April 15, 2009 - The Province of Manitoba this afternoon revised its flood forecast upward from a crest of 21.8 to 22.6 feet James for the Red River within the city of Winnipeg.
City responds to changed flood realities
WINNIPEG - April 14, 2009 - The City of Winnipeg’s flood outlook has changed from what officials were dealing with last week. New conditions this week require intensified preparations in different areas of the city.
Volunteers Urgently Needed to Assist with Sandbagging Efforts in North and Central Winnipeg
WINNIPEG - April 14, 2009 - Approximately 500-600 volunteers are urgently needed to assist with sandbagging efforts in the north and central areas of the city tomorrow (Wednesday, April 15).
At-risk property owners in north and central Winnipeg required to build or raise sandbag dikes
WINNIPEG - April 14, 2009 - Today, the Province of Manitoba updated its flood forecast. As conditions have changed significantly, the City requires property owners in north and central Winnipeg to build or raise sandbag dikes, and is calling for volunteers to assist with these flood-fighting efforts.
WINNIPEG - April 12, 2009 - Some residents in south Winnipeg noticed a rapid rise in river levels overnight, which are now stabilizing as the Province continues to adjust the floodway gates from ice-influenced to open-water operations.
City crews working throughout the weekend to thaw frozen catch basins and culverts, patch potholes, and address overland flooding from snowmelt
WINNIPEG - April 10, 2009 - Crews are working throughout the long weekend to thaw frozen catch basins and culverts, patch potholes, and address overland flooding from snowmelt.
At-risk property owners still required to leave dikes in place
WINNIPEG - April 10, 2009 - The ice jam at St. Vital Bridge has moved one kilometre north toward the Norwood Bridge, somewhat reducing the threat to upstream properties. The ice movement, together with normal floodway operation, means there isn’t an immediate need to add to the height of dike protection on Kingston Row and Kingston Crescent.
Flyover of river system shows positive change in water and ice conditions this morning - Volunteer efforts not required at this time
WINNIPEG - April 10, 2009 - Continually changing river conditions have eliminated the urgent need for volunteers to raise sandbag dikes by one additional foot on Kingston Crescent and Kingston Row today. Based on an assessment of the river conditions in the city of Winnipeg and south of the city this morning, it is no longer necessary to raise the level of the sandbag dikes at this time.
More Volunteers Needed to Assist with Friday’s Sandbagging Efforts
WINNIPEG - April 9, 2009 - Approximately 400 more volunteers are urgently needed to assist with additional sandbagging efforts tomorrow (Friday, April 10). As of 7:30 pm today, approximately 250 volunteers have registered with the City of Winnipeg’s 311 Contact Centre.
Volunteers Urgently Needed to Assist with Sandbagging Effort
WINNIPEG - April 9, 2009 - About 500-700 volunteers are urgently needed to assist with additional sandbagging efforts tomorrow (Friday, April 10).
At-risk Property Owners Advised to Raise Dikes due to Ice and Rising River Levels
WINNIPEG - April 9, 2009 - The City of Winnipeg is advising at-risk property owners on Kingston Row and Kingston Crescent to raise their dikes an additional foot. This is required due to the risk of additional ice jams in the Kingston Row area.
At-risk Property Owners Urged to Remain Vigilant
WINNIPEG - April 8, 2009 - The City of Winnipeg is urging at-risk property owners to remain vigilant as the potential for a rapid rise in river levels due to serious ice jams continues. If river levels were to rise suddenly due to an ice jam, there is the potential that a temporary evacuation of specific areas may be required. Any evacuations would be conducted through City of Winnipeg emergency services personnel.
City of Winnipeg Operating Hours
WINNIPEG - April 8, 2009 - All civic offices are closed Friday, April 10, 2009 to Monday, April 13, 2009.
City Closing Snow Disposal Sites
WINNIPEG - April 8, 2009 - The public is advised that the City of Winnipeg is closing the Kenaston Snow Disposal Site and the Ravelston Snow Disposal Site at noon today.
City Initiates 24-hour Monitoring of the River System
WINNIPEG - April 6, 2009 - The City has initiated 24-hour monitoring of the river system with three crews that will be observing river rise, ice movement and the potential for ice jams. Staff will be measuring water levels at 10 locations on the Red River and five locations on the Assiniboine River.
Winnipeggers come out by the hundreds to volunteer!
WINNIPEG - April 4, 2009 - Since Wednesday, April 1, over 1,600 Winnipeggers have been registered by the City of Winnipeg to volunteer for flood fighting efforts. Volunteers are assisting at-risk property owners to build sandbag dikes to protect from river flooding due to potential ice jams.
Mayor Reminds Citizens to Register for Sustainability Symposium
WINNIPEG - April 3, 2009 - Members of the public interested in joining Mayor Sam Katz, representatives of community organizations, and a panel of invited speakers who wish to share their views of a sustainable Winnipeg are reminded that registration for the Mayor’s Symposium on Sustainability will commence on Monday, April 6th, at 9:00 a.m.
Volunteers Urgently Needed to Assist with Sandbagging Effort
WINNIPEG - April 2, 2009 - About 40 volunteers are urgently needed to assist with the sandbagging effort in south Winnipeg this afternoon (April 2, 2009). Additional volunteers may be required in the coming days.
High Risk of River Flooding Due to Ice Jams Continues Within Winnipeg
WINNIPEG - April 2, 2009 - The most recent information from the Province still indicates that levels of the Red River in Winnipeg could reach 20.5 feet James Avenue datum by Friday, April 10, 2009. A high risk of river flooding due to ice jams continues within Winnipeg. The City also urges citizens to take care and caution around rivers and waterways, and strongly advises people not to walk close to any creek, stream or ditch due to fast-moving waters.
City Crews Resume Patching Potholes Today
WINNIPEG - April 2, 2009 - The public is advised that the City has resumed patching potholes today. Five Road Patchers and five hand-patching crews will be working extended hours starting today, and this work will continue throughout the coming weekend to improve road conditions.
City Crews Respond to Rising River Levels, Recent Snowfall
WINNIPEG - April 1, 2009 - Today, City of Winnipeg crews continue working to respond to rising river levels and prepare for possible ice jams. In response to the recent snowfall, they are also working to clear snow, sand and salt streets, and thaw curb inlets and culverts to drain snow melt water and spring runoff.
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