Wall of ice destroys Manitoba homes, cottages

The Extinction Protocol

May 12, 2013CANADAA local state of emergency has been declared in a western Manitoba municipality after homes in Ochre Beach were destroyed and seriously damaged by a wave of lake ice. Area officials told CBC News the wind pushed built-up ice off Dauphin Lake on Friday evening and caused it to pile up in the community, located on the lake’s southern shore. The piles of ice, which were more than nine meters tall in some cases, destroyed at least six homes and cottages, according to the Rural Municipality of Ochre River.  Another 14 homes suffered extensive damage, with some structures knocked off their foundations. Clayton Watts, Ochre River’s deputy reeve, said it’s a miracle no one was hurt. He told CBC News one minute people were watching hockey in their living rooms, the next they heard something that sounded like a freight train near their homes…

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