River levels at the James Avenue gauge have begun to increase due to the recent precipitation. As of 5:00 pm (October 15th), the river level at the James Avenue gauge was 15.1 feet. A river crest of 16.3 feet is anticipated. No properties are at risk of river flooding at that level, however, there is an increased risk of basement flooding when river levels are elevated.
The City will continue to monitor weather conditions and river levels to determine and guide required flood protection measures. We currently have 21,000 filled sandbags on hand in the event that they are needed. Residents are also being advised to take the appropriate measures to mitigate the risk of basement flooding. Flood pumping stations and control gates are also being activated as needed.
Crews continue to clear and remove downed trees and fallen branches city-wide, focusing efforts on priority locations where branches or trees are blocking streets. The City is employing contractors to assist in the efforts. It’s anticipated that the clean-up effort will take a number of weeks or more.
The City has reached out to other municipalities throughout the country for assistance and resources to help in cleanup efforts. Crews from Alberta and Saskatchewan are anticipated to arrive in the city this week to assist.
We continue to advise residents 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.