Winnipeg Tribune 26 April 1923 Page 5

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Winnipeg Tribune 26 April 1923 Page 5 - Ste. Eustacbe is still dry and no danger of the...
Ste. Eustacbe is still dry and no danger of the flood water Is anticipated. anticipated. Farms to the east and west have suffered considerably and the water In some places is three feet deep. DYNAMITE RELEASES GREAT ICE JAMS By FRED O'MALUEY fSperlal Letter to Winnipeg Tribune MARQUETTE, Man., April 26 Creaking and groaning under thou- thou- fuinri nf tnnm nf Ire rnlpflMflri bv riv- riv- namite from ams that piled at some places 20 feet above the bank, the Assiniboine river Is now running free here. The river is full to the level of Its bank at all points from Winnipeg westward to where the jam was broken (about sixty miles by the winding trail of the river or twenty miles as the crow flies), and, at many points. It Is flowing out over the country to the northand south. All this volume Is headed for Winnipeg and Is travelling at the rate of four or five miles an hour. After battling with the river and lee jams, miles of flood water from six o'clock Tuesday evening dynamite dynamite crew, under the direction of M. A. Lyons, chief engineer of the good roads board of the department of public works, won to victory wed nesday afternoon. A double charge of dynamite placed under Ira in the middle of the river started the whole river moving. A rumble of churned up ice followed the explosion and then the towering mountain started to move, very slowly at first and then with a rush as the water from behind gave it momentum and start d it crumpling up. It seemed like a huge monster had Just been stirred from eiumlmr, as, in angry protest at tbe disturbance. It rumbled, roar ed, ana slewed tip against the banks tearing out great chunks of earth and smashing trees that stood alone its course. ( Aliv With Motion The whole river suddenly became alive with motion. The creaking of ice and dull thuds as It ploughed against the banks, where. Interspersed with sharp crackling sounds like rifle shots in the distance: trees were broken and torn up bodily along the bank. The first rush of ice and water carried away many telephone poles when the flood poured over the Portage Portage gravel highway where It passes through the municipality of St. Francois Xavler. This out off long distance communication witn Win nipeg. Fat men along the Portage highway, highway, whose lands run right to the river bank and who, consequently, were badly flooded, volunteered their The trade at many pointa was washed out and for miles the roadway roadway was totally submerged. Two miles east of the main jam. a second wedge of Ice formed across the river about a hundred yards west of John Patton's farm. Other Jams of losser magnitude formed at inter vals of about a mile between each, at the rear of the farms of W. C. Dellbridge, L. I. Snary and Fred lloude. Task of Dynamiting Craw Tbe task before the dynamiting crew was to break up all of these. They were at work almost with the break of dawn, feverishly bending to the work of clearing the river be fore the main Jam came down. Get tlnir from noint to Doint wasA pro blem in Itself. Horses were piayea out from being forced through ice- ice- cold water belly-deep. belly-deep. belly-deep. The parishes of Hale St. Paul, Beh court. KL Francois Xavler and Pop Inr Point were all under water, in only means of transportation from How Who You who and can Belle Shoe Come with new

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  2. 26 Apr 1923, Thu,
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