(from: ctvwinnipeg.ca) Work is underway to break up ice on the Red River. Two Amphibex machines are out on the ice near Breezy Point, an area prone to jams. The Red River, from Selkirk to Lake Winnipeg, is getting a lot of attention this year, after ice jams caused major problems last year. But Manitoba's Amphibex is better than ever, after the province spent $200 000 upgrading it. The machine is now equipped with better hydraulic capabilities and sonar radar, to help determine the ice thickness.
"The ice last year was 20 inches thick," Minister of Water Stewardship, Christine Melnick, told CTV News. "This year its 40 inches, so we're very pleased to have two machines in the province."
The second Amphibex is on lease for the season, but the province is moving ahead with plans to buy another more powerful Amphibex machine. It should arrive by next spring.