Manitoba Wall of Ice

Wall of ice destroys Manitoba homes, cottages

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Waves of ice more than nine meters tall (29′-6″) 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, 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.

“It happened so quick,” said Watts.  Several cabins were completely flattened by the wall of ice that came at them.

“The ice is over top of them, they’ve been crushed, there’s nothing left,” he said.

“There are other cabins that have been knocked right off their footings,” he continued. “There’s ice right over top of some of the cabins, coming over the roof on the other side.”


Lots more photos here:

This one is from 2009: lying-into-homes/18409

Thanks to Ralph Fato, D.M. Mitchell, Jeff Rense, Andrew Stranglen and John McC for these links

Now if this doesn’t have the feel of an Ice Age, I don’t know what does,” says Ralph

14 thoughts on “Wall of ice destroys Manitoba homes, cottages”

  1. After the Minnesota video, I’d call them “Ice Tsunamis.” Maybe smaller, maybe slow-mo, but inexorable and crushing all the same.

  2. In NZ South Is 12000 years ago the ice was 3000-4000 ft thick as where there is a lake today there is glacial shelves 3500 ft up the side of the valleys. Thats what we are in for if (when) it happens again.

  3. I remember that there was one of these a year or two ago. The frequency of these wind caused ice movements seems to be on the increase.
    I also wonder what they’re called? They should have a name, but all I could google up was Ice Jam.
    “Aeolian Ice Jam”? – “Wind caused ice pile-up”? These are too clumsy to be apt descriptions of this phenomenon where ice leaves the water and crawls up onto the land like a bulldozer. And it’s faster than a glacier, smaller than a glacier, typically associated with lakes, not rivers.
    “Aeolian Cryo-creep”?
    How long before one of these attacks Chicago(L.Mich.), or Cleveland(Erie)?

    1. Water, of course, is more dense than the ice that floats on top of it–more dense and heavier. I imagine that the ice had begun to break up and there had to be a large expanse of open water, then wind-driven waves merely pushed the ice before it until it reached the shore. More waves, more ice pushed up onto the shore, then more waves and before you know it, Bob’s your uncle. 😉 It’s pretty much basic physics.

  4. That is amazingly tragic and destructive. It is also instructive in respect to what moving ice can do to buildings. This is a small example of what continental ice sheets will do when the next big ice age manifests itself. Every thing made by man in Canada is at risk. Just make sure your insurance coverage is good or move your house closer to the equator when the time comes.

    Today in Barrie, Ontario we had some snow and ice pellets. There is no accumulation like there was two years ago.

    1. Steven: There hasn’t been any accumulation, yet. This evening and overnight it’s looking like there will be.

      1. Well Joe if you are correct I’ll have to take some pictures for the record. In any case this weather seems to be just a bit on the cool side relative to the 1980s and 90s.

        1. Yes, it seems to be cooler almost everywhere. Here in N. Il a frost is forecast for overnight in outlying areas. possible 30F, then into the 80s by Tues/Wed, no doubt followed by another cold front hopefully ~ 80 is too hot too soon for May.

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