A major spring blizzard will impact our region beginning tonight and lasting through to Friday morning. Widespread snowfall accumulations of 30-50 cm accompanied by northerly winds gusting 70-90 km/h is expected, creating zero visibility at times with snow and blowing snow.

Travel will become increasingly difficult on Wednesday as the day progresses, with widespread highway closures a near-certainty. By Wednesday evening travel within the City may become difficult as the heavy snow and strong winds continue, and more of the same is expected on Thursday.

Citizens are encouraged to stock up on supplies today, then stay home for the duration of the storm if possible. Do not plan to travel or leave your home unless absolutely necessary.

Snow Clearing

Snow clearing equipment and staff are ready and snow clearing will begin as soon as it is safe to do so. Crews will focus on priority areas enabling emergency services, followed by regular residential routes over the next several days.

Garbage & Recycling

Solid waste collection is planned for Wednesday, April 13, 2022, for Area 2.  If the Contractor is unable to finish the route due to the weather, the remaining collection will be collected on Saturday, April 16, 2022.

Solid waste collection for Day 3 on Thursday, April 14, 2022 is cancelled.  Collection will be re-scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2022, weather pending.

Recycling will remain on schedule and collection will be both Wednesday and Thursday for Area 2 and 3, weather pending.  If cancelled, the collection will resume Saturday, April 16, 2022.

Facility Closures

City facilities will be closed on Wednesday, April 13th and Thursday, April 14th, 2022.  Staff will still be available to assist you over the phone or through email on these days.  Click here for contact information – City Contact – City of Portage la Prairie (city-plap.com)

The City of Portage la Prairie offers the following e-services and online options to ensure uninterrupted access to services. For all other inquiries please call the general line 204-239-8309.City Hall Closed April 13th & 14th, 2022 – City of Portage la Prairie (city-plap.com)

The Portage la Prairie Regional Landfill has made the decision to remain closed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (for Statutory Holiday), Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (for Statutory Holiday) due to the storm in the area. The Landfill will re-open on Tuesday morning at 8:30 am.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

The City of Portage la Prairie will provide updates as necessary on our social media pages and through our emergency notification system Connect Portage.