Manitoba Deploying Amphibex to Caddy Lake to Help with Drainage

Manitoba Deploying Amphibex to Caddy Lake to Help with Drainage

Amphibex Icebreaker
An Amphibex icebreaker operates on the Red River north of Selkirk on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — The province is deploying one of its Amphibex machines, traditionally used to break up ice, to Caddy Lake in the Whiteshell.

The area suffered devastating rains in recent weeks and the Amphibex AE 400 will be used to remove floating vegetation, such as large bogs, which could block the tunnels that drain the lake.

The Amphibex will be used for several days with a rake attachment to collect the vegetation and bring it to shore for disposal. Other lakes in the area will be assessed for possible clearing.

For safety reasons, the Caddy Lake boat launch will be temporarily closed until the Amphibex has completed its work, set to begin on Friday.

The province says Caddy Lake has dropped 19 inches from its peak after another log was removed from stopping flow from the control structure between West Hawk and Caddy lakes.


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