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October 16, 2019

 

Update #6: City of Winnipeg response to snowfall

Crews continue to clear and remove downed trees and fallen branches throughout the city, aided by contractors and crews from other municipalities

Released: 1:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Crews continue to clear and remove downed trees and fallen branches city-wide, aided by contractors and crews from other Canadian municipalities. Crews from the City of Regina arrived yesterday, while crews from the City of Saskatoon are anticipated to arrive today.

Residents are reminded to be mindful of crews working on roadways. If a tree is blocking a roadway, or if crews are on a roadway working, please refrain from driving through the site and do not drive around them on medians or boulevards.

Residents are also reminded to not park adjacent to failed trees and large limbs that are still attached to the tree so that crews can access them.

Reporting Downed Trees
Residents are advised that if a tree is in contact with a power line, to call 911 immediately.

If a tree is blocking a public right-of-way including a road or sidewalk, but isn’t touching a power line, residents are advised to call 311.

If a tree on public property has fallen, but not touching a power line or blocking the road, contact 311 online.

It’s important that residents provide as much accurate detail as possible when providing information, including pictures if available, so that service requests can be properly triaged.

Once a request has been made, it is logged. We are asking residents to only make one request per location – please do not contact us for a follow-up, the location has been logged and we will get to the location as soon as possible.

Privately Owned Trees
Fallen trees or branches that have failed on private property are the responsibility of the property owner to clean up. However, residents are advised to contact 911 if the tree is in contact with a power line.

Residents are reminded to exercise extreme caution if addressing fallen trees or branches that have fallen on private property.

Do not leave fallen trees or branches from private property on the public boulevard. Instead, residents are advised to bring tree and branch debris to the Brady Road Resource Management Facility or to one of the City’s 4R Winnipeg Depots to dispose of them free of charge during operating hours.

Residents can also place small tree branches and other debris in their yard waste collection. For more information on yard waste parameters, please see: City of Winnipeg – Yard Waste Collection.

Moving Firewood
The Forest Health Protection Act and Regulations prohibit the storage of elm wood for any purpose. The restriction on the storage of elm wood is necessary as the elm bark beetle uses intact wood as a site to lay eggs and develop a new generation of elm bark beetles. For more information, see: City of Winnipeg – Dutch Elm Disease.

Residents are advised to dispose of ash trees directly to the Brady Road Resource Management Facility or to one of the City’s 4R Winnipeg Depots. No ash tree material is to be transported outside city limits in accordance with federal regulation related to emerald ash borer. For more information, see: City of Winnipeg – Emerald Ash Borer.

Tipping Fees
The City is waiving tipping fees at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility for commercial haulers transporting storm-related wood debris only.

River Flooding Update
River levels have begun to increase at the James Avenue gauge as a result of the recent precipitation/snowfall. As of 12:28 p.m. today, the river level at the James Avenue gauge was 15.57 feet. 

At this time, there are no properties at risk of river flooding. 

The City will continue to monitor weather conditions and river levels to determine required flood protection measures. The City has 21,000 filled sandbags on hand in the event they’re required.

The City continuously reviews its flood preparation measures and activities, including monitoring river levels and weather conditions, preparing pumping stations, deploying temporary pumps to protect the sewer system, and closing outfall gates, as needed.

We will continue to monitor weather conditions and river levels to determine required flood protection measures.

Waterway Safety
Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution near waterways due to fast moving current. Parents and teachers are urged to speak to children and students about the dangers of waterways.

Basement Flooding
Basement flooding is a risk at any time of the year; however, the risk increases when river levels rise because the sewer system must rely heavily on pumping stations rather than gravity to carry the water runoff due to higher river levels.

Homeowners are reminded to take the following steps to protect their homes and property:

  • To ensure maximum protection against basement flooding, arrange for a licensed plumber to install a sewer line backup valve and a sump pit with pump in the basement.
  • Inspect backup valves and sump pump drainage systems to make sure they are functioning properly.
  • Ensure drainage is directed away from the home by extending downspouts away from the basement walls and ensuring the earth is built up around the house. Property owners are reminded it is against the law to drain sump pump water into the basement floor drain or any other part of the house plumbing system, as it can overtax the sewer system placing their basement and those of their neighbours at risk of flooding and damage.

City Council to vote on ratification of negotiated agreement with ATU 1505

Released: 2:15 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Executive Policy Committee will hold a special meeting in order to vote on the ratification of the negotiated agreement between the City of Winnipeg and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1505 (ATU).

“I am pleased that once again, we have been able to reach a negotiated agreement that is fair and reasonable for taxpayers and our valued employees,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I want to thank the negotiating parties for ATU and the City of Winnipeg for their efforts to reach an agreement.”

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the City and ATU is a 48-month term from January 2019 until January 2023, and includes general wage adjustments of 1.25% in January 2020; 2% in January 2021; 1.75% in January 2022; and 2% in January 2023.

Additional changes include:

  • Improvements to working conditions on topics including but not limited to bus route scheduling, Operator Improvement Education, Passenger Education, Critical Incident Stress Management, Shift Trading, and a Wind Down Retired Employee Plan that allows retired employees to work part time. Increases to shift premiums, tool and boot allowances, and vision exams
  • A $1 per hour wage increase to mechanics and skilled trades in 2022

The next steps in the approval process include the MOA being considered at the next meeting of the Executive Policy Committee scheduled for Thursday October 17, 2019. The MOA will then need to be approved by Council in order to be ratified.

The administrative report recommending the adoption of the negotiated agreement can be found on the City of Winnipeg’s Decision Making Information System.

Northbound Empress Street between Portage Avenue and Eastway closed on Friday

Temporary closure in effect from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Released: 3:42 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Northbound Empress Street between Portage Avenue and Eastway will be closed to vehicular traffic for road construction this Friday, October 18 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Motorists are advised to use an alternate route and to plan for additional travel time to reach their destinations.

For Transit re-route information, follow @transitalerts or contact 311.

October 16, 2019