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Gymschu 03-17-2014 04:23 PM

Now that we're done with ICE DAMS…...
Now that MOST of us are done with ice dams and the damage caused by them, well, how long til we get bombarded with the "what kind of insect is this in my kitchen" threads? Not that there is anything wrong with the topic, it's just the ebb and flow of the DIYChatroom.:yes:

louis-123 03-17-2014 05:13 PM

Done with ice dams?? i wishn it was -16 celsius (around 3f) today....:cursing:

joecaption 03-17-2014 05:49 PM

My back yards flooded and my toilet will not flush.
I turned on my A/C and it's not working.
Snows melting and my sump pumps running.

yuri 03-17-2014 06:11 PM

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Home is where you hang yer hat and the weather goes with it. Coldest Winter that I can EVER remember. So cold the frost level dropped to the point where the city water line from the street to houses is freezing. Got 1000 people with frozen lines now. So much snow that if it all melts at once the Red River may flood and there will be water everywhere. That brings in a influx of our provincial bird. The Mozquitoe. As big as crows where I am.

danpik 03-17-2014 07:13 PM

No real problem with ice dams this year. Frozen water pipes I had plenty of. Fortunately only one break and it was caught before it thawed. I had better luck than the city did though. Small city, about 20 square miles. Heard from a buddy in the water dept that they had over 30 water main breaks this year due to the cold. The interesting one I saw was in the road in front of one of my rentals. The frost pushed down so hard it cracked the pipe. The clay layer between it and the street surface was so frozen that the water could not get thru. It lifted the entire road up in that area about 2' until it finaly broke thru. Some of the breaks were caused by the frost pulling up on the fire hydrants. This caused the laterals feeding them to snap.

concretemasonry 03-17-2014 09:40 PM

yuri -

There is a lot of moisture in the snow (1'-3') cover in MN and much of it drains to the "backwards" Red River that flows north and thaws earlierfrom the south and floods the flat northern parts of NW MN & Eastern ND when it jams with ice when trying to drain north. In ND, the flood plain ner Fargo can be 25 miles wide because of the flat terrain.

It gets very interesting on the southern drainage through MN that floods and can cause up to 25' above normal water level.

There is little to do the fight Mother Nature on a big scale. I had to design some transmission towers in the Minnesota River channel near MSP and the site required a 105' high steel trussed tower that had to sit on 4-25' high concrete piers that were connected to about 80' deep pilings to get clearance over the normal river valley.

That all comes with living in the "Theater of Seasons" and rivers that run contrary to most geography and logic except when the seasons decide to change.

yuri 03-17-2014 11:21 PM

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We had a very dry fall and all the crops got in early and apparently the soil moisture level is low. The snow we got is dry and fluffy and not wet. We have 4-6 of these amphibex floating backhoes on the Red where the ice jams the worst and breaking up channels for the last few weeks so hopefully we won't get any flooding. Winnipeg is safe due to the floodway but downstream from us can be a big problem where the floodway dumps back into the Red. The joys of living in a floodplain.

Syberia 03-19-2014 05:55 PM

Not sure what you guys are all talking about, I found this winter to be quite pleasant! :)

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