Wisconsin town blows up creek to prevent flooding

CREATED Mar 12, 2014

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ONALASKA - A town near La Crosse has come up with a unique way to prevent flooding as all the ice and snow starts to melt.

"Over the course of the winter, water ran down and froze, and ran and froze, and it ended up in the creek bed itself and there was about five to six feet of ice, solid ice," said Town Board Chairman Rolly Bogert. 

Town leaders were concerned because if it rained, the water would flood nearby homes. They tried using small and large equipment to break up the ice, but nothing worked. 

"So we made the decision to get permission from the DNR and use dynamite to dislodge the ice in the creek and then use a mini excavator to remove it, so the creek was open to runoff," Boget said.

The plan was a success. The creek is flowing and people's homes are dry.

"It was quite an experience," Bogert said. "It's something I don't think too many people have ever done, blowing up a creek."