Spring in Manitoba often brings unpredictable weather: one day might be warm and sunny, and the next day it might be cold and snowing. A spring season with a late season snowfall, plenty of rain or a rapid melt can significantly increase the risk of flooding in some Manitoban communities. If your community is concerned about flooding, here are some resources that may be helpful:
Evacuation Check list
For an evacuation checklist and tips for looking after your pets, and a guide on sandbag dike construction, click here. There are other resources here too.
If you’re outside of Winnipeg, contact your Municipality to find out where you can get sandbags. Sandbags are provided by the City of Winnipeg at the Thomas Avenue, Waverly Street and Pacific Avenue distribution sites upon request.
Click here for guidelines for safe sandbagging while still maintaining a social distance from your team mates.
You’ve been Evacuated or Want to Help
If you are in need of food, shelter and/or clothing, or if you’d like to volunteer at communities devastated by flooding, contact the Canadian Red Cross, Manitoba Region.
General Information and / or updates on Flood Conditions
Contact the Manitoba Flood Information Line by calling 204-945-1165 or 1-855-415-4530 (toll free) or email at email@example.com. You can also visit Manitoba’s Water Information and Flood Conditions for additional information about the current flooding.
For local flooding conditions or information about your municipality, including where to get sandbags and where to volunteer, contact your local municipal office. Click here for a directory of Municipalities and contact numbers
Other flood related helplines:
|Manitoba Government Inquiry
1-866-626-4862 (toll free)
Disaster Financial Assistance
1-888-267-8298 (toll free)
|Hydro Emergency Contact
Emergency Measures Organization
1-888-267-8298 (toll free)
The Red Cross will usually assist in the first stages of this. But once everybody is safely out of harm’s way, there are many additional jobs to take care of. You may need to make insurance claims or fill out forms. You may want to connect with loved ones or be seeking crisis counselling. Perhaps you’re looking for longer term housing, or short-term emergency housing?
- Forms assistance. Many of these are offered through Senior Resource Councils. Please check the eligibility before contacting the agencies listed
- Financial assistance. Disaster Financial Assistance is available through the Emergency Measures Organization.
- Crisis counselling
- Connecting with loved ones
- Lost identity cards
- Status Card
If you’re still not finding what you’re looking for, be sure to call 2-1-1 and speak to a community navigator there.
Note: We will keep an eye on the situation as it unfolds and will update the information in this blog as resources are confirmed. (Last updated: April 12, 2022)