Backhoe breaks through ice

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Crews were working to remove sandbag dike; no injuries reported

A backhoe is pictured partly submerged in the ice on the Moose Jaw River near the CPR dam late Thursday morning.

A backhoe broke through the ice on the Moose Jaw River late Thursday morning as crews worked to remove a sandbag dike placed on the river last fall.

Crews were working on the southwest side of the CPR dam when the equipment broke through, becoming partly submerged in the ice.

The backhoe was removed from the river early that afternoon. No one was injured and there was no apparent equipment damage.

Carolyn Bowler, an engineering technologist for the City of Moose Jaw, said a private contractor was hired to clear away a dike consisting of sandbags.

The dike had been placed on the river last fall to block water flow, allowing crews to make necessary repairs to the CPR dam.

“The ice was measured at 12 inches thick in that area,” she told the Times-Herald on Thursday.

For more information, check out Friday's edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Police Service

Geographic location: Moose Jaw River

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  • Stu Griffin
    February 14, 2013 - 16:48

    Hmmm!....25,000 LB trackhoe on ice not strong enough to hold it.....Here's your sign!