Originally Posted by Lorie D.
I tried to watch part of the video, but my speakers haven't been working lately so I don't have any sound. Are they trying to break up that large ice jam you mentioned?
Yeah, they have some kind of manned machine that looks like a giant spider. They place it on the ice and the "legs" move up and down pulverizing the ice. We have 3 of them. The problem is getting them out there. I believe we have one in action in the jam north of us.
The other problem is that in the particular area where the jam is, there is a serious bend in the river and every year there is an ice jam. This one is larger than usual though. There are literally mountains of piled up ice blocks with many blocks being more than a foot thick.
I believe they have another one working within the city to break up jams around our bridges, so that the ice can flow north.
I'm looking out my window and the water is nearly at our parking lot. About 5 feet more to go. Not a sandbag in sight
I have my evacuation kit by the door and ready to go. If the water gets to our basement we will be evacuated. No evacuation alert here yet, but I'm going to be prepared just in case.
They say that our flooding is going to be bad, but we have a saving grace that we had a great deal of snow and the temperatures have been cold and it's slowed down the flow of the water so that it's giving us time to sandbag the homes north of the jam.
We do have a floodway that we can open. It saved our city in 1997. Without it 1/2 of Winnipeg would have been under water that year. That was the same flood that saw Grand Forks under the water
. However, they can't open it as much as they need to with the ice jams that they have.
However, all of it is having adverse affects on our neighbours south of the border in the USA. I have been sending out so many positive vibes and prayers to Fargo and Grand Forks. They are getting the brunt of the flooding and I hope their dikes hold!!