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This article was published 30/3/2011 (3182 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
WINNIPEG - About 140 Winnipeg property owners are about to get good news from the City of Winnipeg - they won't have to build sandbag dikes this spring.
After crunching the latest provincial flood-projection numbers, the city has reduced the number of properties that must be protected from rivers and creeks to 560, down from approximately 700 a month ago.
The province is still expecting the Red River to crest somewhere between 20 and 23 feet above normal winter ice levels at James Avenue this spring, assuming Manitoba experiences normal weather conditions over the next few weeks.
The river crested ar 22.6 feet James in 2009.
But the city is still planning to protect properties against a 24.1-foot flood, because there's still a 10-per-cent chance bad weather could create such a crest.
However, 24.1 feet is almost a foot lower than the worst-case scenario envisioned in April. As a result, 140 properties are now in the clear.
Homeowners who no longer need to sanbag will be notified by mail by April 1, city officials said today.
The new forecast also means the number of homes where basement drains must be capped will be cut in half, to 140 from 280.
The city also plans to raise a much smaller number of dikes. Approximately five kilometres will be raised, down from the 12 projected in February.
The scope of the flood fight, however, remains significant, as the city still intends to marshall double the resources it did in 2009.