December 8, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Crews have begun cleaning the banks of the Assiniboine River, but it will be days -- if not a week or two -- before the riverwalk will be high and dry.
The Red River in Winnipeg stands at 9.1 feet above normal winter ice level at the James Avenue monitoring station. That means the surface of the water is 0.6 feet above the height of the Assiniboine Riverwalk, which stands at 8.5 feet James.
The riverwalk has been submerged since April 27, near the start of the spring flood. But river levels have been receding over the past few weeks.
While crews have already started working, The Forks can only clean the walking path after the river levels drop.
"We clean as it recedes," chief operations officer Paul Jordan said in a statement.
In 2012, when there was no spring flood, the riverwalk was under water for a grand total of five days, from March 21 to March 25. In 2011, a record flood year across the Assiniboine River basin, the riverwalk was under water for 156 days, from April 1 to Sept. 3.