Ontario Premier Doug Ford said on Saturday the province is busy preparing for flooding season even as it continues to deal with the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
Ford was joined by Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry John Yakabuski, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and Health Minister Christine Elliott during a briefing on Saturday, May 2.
The premier said his government has set up a command centre in Peterborough, Ont., where water flow levels are monitored and has also sent surveillance flights over the northern parts of the province to monitor ice breaks.
Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and Jason Shaw, head of the city’s emergency operations centre, provided an update the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and also the expected spring flooding situation.
The City of Winnipeg says 41 property owners will need dikes to protect from river flooding, and another 16 remain at risk of flooding this spring.
In a release Monday afternoon the city said crews continue to monitor river levels and are working with the province to decide if additional properties will require sandbag dikes.