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May 05, 2008 – Comments (4)

Yesterday about this time I put up a blog about how the river had filled up with ice, and some pictures.  Here's one:

Ice Debris

 Well, today the ice has been pushed down river.  I swear, 20-30 feet deep of ice, I was truly wondering how long it would take to melt enough to move on.  I'd have never believed you if you'd said it would be gone by the next day...

Ft Laird

That picture is from the same place.  Last week the river was just a sheet of ice and it was so low.  I was wondering how it ever fills up.  You can't tell from the picture, but that is a deep river right now.

All the chunks of ice that you see still on the edges were thrown to the edges by the river.  The way the ice breaks up it causes so much pressure that sometime it just pops a chunk of ice into the air, and some of them land on the sides of the river.  This next picture show how big some of these chunks of ice get to be.  There is a beer bottle on ground in front of this chunk of ice, and that just got thrown up to the shore in the last two days.

Iceberg

4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On May 05, 2008 at 8:31 PM, GS751 (27.42) wrote:

thats Crazy

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#2) On May 05, 2008 at 11:39 PM, FoolishChemist (96.88) wrote:

I'm just curious what does your town export?  You're literally living in the middle of nowhere, what do they do to get money from the outside world?

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#3) On May 06, 2008 at 12:49 AM, dwot (50.85) wrote:

NWT has natural resources.  You get tons of base camps up here so you have some of the town going to work in them and then there is some support for that kind of thing.  There is a gas well here.  Apparently the hotel here is often full and they are planning on doubling capacity.  I guess it has 12 rooms and they are going to 24 rooms.  So, they are providing secondary support to quite a bit of the industry, but the community is very poor.  But, they are also native and many lived on the land until quite recently.  There are people in this community that never went to school.

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#4) On May 07, 2008 at 12:32 AM, dwot (50.85) wrote:

I was speaking with a guy in town who said he had to put in a 38 hour shift with the river breaking up.  The ice gets stuck and it can cause flood fast.  People who live on the river had to move stuff to higher ground, as in out of their basements.

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