Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: Selkirk Avenue Fire

November 16, 2018


Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: Selkirk Avenue Fire

Released: 8:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 8:25 p.m. on November 15, 2018, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) crews responded to reports of fire in a single-family residence in the 700 block of Selkirk Avenue. Upon arrival, crews discovered heavy fire and an offensive attack was launched to quickly bring it under control.  

Occupants of the home had self-evacuated prior to the arrival of WFPS crews. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are available at this time.

City of Winnipeg working to reduce discoloured water occurrences

Product used in the water treatment process changing by end of 2018

Released: 9:05 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – In an effort to reduce discoloured water events, the City of Winnipeg is changing one of the products used in our water treatment process. A report on this change will be presented at the meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment on November 22, 2018.

By the end of this year, the coagulant is being switched from ferric chloride to ferric sulfate. A coagulant is a product used to help particles in the water stick together so they are easier to remove.

The change is the final outstanding recommendation from the 2013 consultant’s report on discoloured water. The report noted manganese levels in the water system were the main reason behind the increase in discoloured water events since 2010.  Ferric chloride was the primary source of manganese in the water system.

The new coagulant, ferric sulfate, contains less manganese and was chosen after a multi-year study. The City tested ferric sulfate for more than a year in pilot water treatment plant with encouraging results.

Residents will not notice anything different about their tap water as a result of the switch.

“We expect discoloured water events to decline in 2019 compared to previous years; however, it is difficult to predict how long it will take to see a major reduction,” said Tim Shanks, Manager of Water Services. “We thank Winnipeggers for their patience as we work towards implementing this change.”

Residents who experience discoloured water are reminded to contact 311 to report it. Visit winnipeg.ca/watertreatment for more information on the water treatment process. The report on this change is publically available through the Decision Making Information System (DMIS).

Downtown street closures for film production

Sunday, November 18

Released: 10:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The following temporary street closures will be in place on Sunday, November 18 from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. for film production:

  • Southbound Kennedy Street from St. Mary Avenue to Broadway.
  • Eastbound York Avenue from Memorial Boulevard to Kennedy Street.

Pedestrian access will be maintained and motorists are encouraged to use alternative routes during this time.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures of major streets on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg – Regional Lane Closures.

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Saskatchewan Avenue from Cavalier Drive to Hamilton Avenue to be temporarily closed for roadwork

November 18 and 19

Released: 10:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Starting on Sunday, November 18 at 9 a.m.,Saskatchewan Avenue from Cavalier Drive to Hamilton Avenue will be completely closed to both eastbound and westbound traffic for roadwork. Saskatchewan Avenue will reopen at 5 p.m. on Monday, November 19. Motorists should allow additional time to get to their destinations, and use alternate routes.

Pedestrian access will be not be maintained. Please note that access to Saskatchewan Avenue from the Sturgeon Creek Greenway Trail will be closed for the duration of construction.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures of major streets on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg – Regional Lane Closures.

Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates as well as traffic re-route options.