River levels have begun to increase at the James Avenue gauge as a result of the recent precipitation/snowfall. 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.
For information on river levels, see: City of Winnipeg – River Levels.
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 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 and placed their basement and those of their neighbours at risk of flooding and damage.