Plans underway to fight spring flood in Winnipeg and south of the border
With the rising temperatures starting to melt the snow, plans are underway in the City of Winnipeg and south of the border to prepare for any potential spring flooding.
Officials in the City of Fargo are set to give an update on the impact recent snow storms have on the spring flood outlook and the strategies to deal with any flooding, with plans to begin a sandbagging operation.
This comes after a winter wallop hit parts of southern Manitoba last week.
Jim Kaiser, a warning coordination meteorologist at the Weather Service in Grand Forks, previously told CTV News Winnipeg that last week’s Colorado Low brought between 15 and 38 centimetres of snow to North Dakota.
He said the severity of flooding will depend on the temperatures in the coming days and how quickly the snow melts.
As of Monday, there are no Winnipeg properties at risk of flooding. However, with the start of the spring melt, the city recommends residents take certain precautions, including checking your backwater valve and sump pump; making sure water is draining properly; protecting your belongings; and in extreme cases, improving drainage around your home.
Beginning on Monday, the City of Winnipeg is providing sandbags, which can be picked up from 960 Thomas Ave. Those picking up sandbags should bring ID showing they live in Winnipeg.
The Province of Manitoba’s March spring flood outlook warned of a major risk of flooding on the Red River from Emerson to the Red River Floodway Inlet. It also showed a low to moderate risk in most other basins.
As of Monday at 8:40 a.m., the water levels at James Avenue are 0.84 feet above the James Avenue Datum.
– With files from CTV’s Mason DePatie.
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