Ice-breaking begins on Manitoba's Red River
Ice jams often occur on rivers in Manitoba as temperatures rise each winter
The Amphibex has been set loose in Manitoba.
The giant machine is used each winter to break up ice on the province's Red River. On Monday, it was put to work near Netley Creek.
The aim is to break up the ice to reduce the risk of ice jams and flooding this spring. People are asked to stay away from the equipment and watch for warnings signs about dangerous ice. Ice fishers are also advised to keep an eye out for removal notices.
Last year, a one in 300-year flood
occurred along the Assiniboine River. The cost of the floods climbed into the hundreds of millions of dollars.