River levels in Winnipeg have finally receded sufficiently to expose the Assiniboine Riverwalk.
On Monday, the Red River at the James Avenue monitoring station dropped to 8.2 feet above normal winter ice levels, exposing the Assiniboine Riverwalk, which stands at 8.5 feet.
It is expected to take days for crews to clear the riverwalk of mud and other debris. The riverwalk had been under water since April 27, near the start of the late spring flood of 2013. That's a total of 80 days.
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.
-- Bartley Kives