Winnipeg offers sandbags in time for spring melt
City to respond to Manitoba's latest flood forecast on Thursday
The City of Winnipeg is making sandbags available to those who want to protect their homes from overland flooding due to melting snow.
Property owners worried about overland flooding can pick up sandbags from three locations between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.:
- West End: 1220 Pacific Ave.
- Transcona: 849 Ravelston Ave. West
- Fort Garry: 1539 Waverley St.
The city says in emergency cases, residents can get sandbags outside those hours by calling 311.
At this time, the sandbags are being offered only to those wanting to protect their homes from overland flooding. They are not currently available to those worried about potential flooding from high river levels, according to city officials.
Meanwhile, crews are working around the clock to open curb inlets and culverts in order to let melting snow drain away.
Earlier this week, the Manitoba government released a revised flood outlook that calls for an increased risk of flooding along the Red, Souris, Pembina, Saskatchewan, Qu’Appelle and Assiniboine rivers and in the Interlake area.
City officials say they will respond to the province's flood outlook on Thursday morning.