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October 2, 2019


Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Responds to fire under Osborne Street Bridge

Released: 9:09 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 7:43 a.m. on October 2, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire under the Osborne Street Bridge. Upon arrival, crews encountered heavy black smoke. Crews launched an offensive attack, and quickly extinguished the fire, declaring it under control at 8:09 a.m.

One patient was assessed on scene by paramedics. No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Northbound Gladstone Street between Sutherland Avenue and Disraeli Freeway will be closed to traffic from October 3 to 10

Motorists should use alternate routes and allow additional travel time

Released: 1:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Northbound Gladstone Street between Sutherland Avenue and Disraeli Freeway will be completely closed to traffic starting Thursday, October 3 at 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 10 for water services repairs. As part of this closure, the ramp to Gladstone Street from northbound Disraeli will also be completely closed due to the work on Gladstone; however, access to northbound Disraeli, from Gladstone Street, will remain open.

Pedestrian access will be maintained. Motorists are encouraged to use alternative routes during this time.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

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City asks residents for assistance in locating suitable Christmas tree for City Hall

Released: 2:05 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City is searching for a large spruce tree for this year's City Hall Christmas tree display and is asking Winnipeg homeowners to contact us if they are interested in donating their tree.

The City received information about a number of potential Christmas tree candidates for this year's holiday display, but none have met the criteria.

To be considered for the City Hall Christmas tree, the spruce tree must be:

  • Located in the front yard of a property with direct access to the tree and not adjacent to overhead utilities
  • Twelve to 15 metres tall (approximately 40 to 50 feet)
  • Fully symmetrical with a single trunk and no brown needles

The City’s Urban Forestry Branch staff selects the tree that best meets the identified criteria.

The donor of the selected tree does not receive compensation; however, crews remove the tree at no cost to the homeowner as well as clean up debris and remove the stump to approximately two inches below ground level.

Homeowners who would like to submit their tree for consideration are asked to contact 311.

For more information on the City’s annual Christmas tree, visit City of Winnipeg - City Hall Christmas Tree Donation.

October 3, 2019