High water closes Winnipeg river walk, what does that mean for spring flooding?

The river walkway at The Forks is shut down from the Donald Street Bridge to the Legislative Building after Winnipeg was hit with a September storm.In that storm, Winnipeg saw 45 mm of rain — the amount we typically get for all of September — and so far this month we have already experienced 114.4 mm of rain.The city typically has to close the river walkway in the spring, which is the last time it was shut down.In a statement the city said it’s rare for the walkway to be closed in the fall.Story continues below

READ MORE: Ripple effect: No easy fix for Winnipeg’s flood-prone riverwalk“This current closure is due to unseasonably high water levels, which may continue to rise,” said city spokesperson Adam Campbell.“We have removed pathway lighting as a precaution to prevent property damage, and will continue to monitor water levels over the coming weeks.”People visiting The Forks Wednesday were surprised to see the rising water levels.“The water level seems to be a little high for this time of year,” Jordan Nerbas said.