Ice-jam flooding in northern Alberta of CanadaBack to list
Floodwaters that have forced thousands of people from their homes in northern Alberta will only be resolved when warmer weather melts massive ice jams on rivers, Environment Minister Jason Nixon said Tuesday.
"Ice-jam floods are very unpredictable and conditions can change quickly with little warning," Nixon told a news conference in Edmonton. "There is no reasonable engineering solution to unlock the ice jams at this point. We have to rely on warm weather to soften the ice."
Some 13,000 people, mostly from Fort McMurray, have been evacuated from their homes because of flooding caused by ice jams on the Athabasca, Clearwater and Peace rivers.