May 25, 2015

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Removing blocked grate drops water level

The City of Winnipeg sent a diver into the Red River to clear out a blocked drain that caused overland flooding in the Fort Whyte area.

Dominion Divers went into the icy water Tuesday night to attach hooks to the grate over the outflow of the Lot 16 drain, which runs parallel to Bishop Grandin Boulevard through Fort Garry before spilling into the Red River.

Debris in the river had prevented the grate from opening, causing flooding in the Fort Whyte area and washouts on Loudon and McCreary roads, Charleswood Coun. Bill Clement said.

After the diver attached hooks, the grate was removed "by the largest tow truck" the city could find, he said.

Water levels have receded 10 centimetres in the flooded area since the grate was removed, he added.

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