Winnipeg authorities are predicting major flooding this spring along the Red River. The communities along the river banks know very well how dangerous floods could be. From the destruction power of moving water, that destroys houses and vehicles, to a deadly danger for people, who get caught by the stream. The biggest area of concern is the Red River and Highway 75, which leads from Winnipeg to the USA border.
While some flooding may be inevitable, there are ways homeowners in the flood zone or those who live near rising rivers can reduce the damage caused by water.
- You need to keep water flowing away from your house. Have extensions on your leaf troughs, and any water is flowing away.
- You want to want to make sure you have equipment inside your home that’s working. A sump pump is something you want to be testing and making sure it works and it’s ejecting outside.
- Make sure your floor drains are clear so water can flow away. If you do have any valuables, get them out.
- Have a portable pump if a sump pump isn’t installed.
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Based on predictions, water levels in his town could rise to 2011 levels with a normal melt season – which harms local businesses if the highway gets shut off. In 2011, Highway 75 was closed for about a month due to flooding.
At least 123 properties have been marked as 'at risk' by the City of Winnipeg. Based on municipal`s list, each property is being notified directly. These properties may require dikes and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
The City is continually reviewing its flood protection measures, including monitoring river levels and filling sandbags. Other Winnipeg properties may still be at risk for overland flooding due to snowmelt. The City has made sandbags available at three locations:
1220 Pacific Avenue
1539 Waverley Street
960 Thomas Avenue
Flood water is a hazard to health and extremely dangerous when moving. Flooding can occur at any time of the year and can be due to many causes from heavy rainfall and blocked drains to burst water mains, tidal ingress and burst river banks. Whatever the cause, flood water presents a general hazard to health.