Tractors spend hours removing ice cakes from Agropur parking lot

Raissa Tetanish
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Published on January 12, 2014

Cakes of ice are piled just in front of a berm along the Salmon River from the parking lot of Agropur (formerly Farmers Dairy) on the Salmon River Road yesterday. The river jammed with ice, causing the parking lot to overflow with ice cakes, followed by water.

Published on January 12, 2014

The Salmon River behind the former Farmers Dairy is jammed with ice following the weekend's rain and heavy winds.

Published on January 12, 2014

Two tractors were busy in the parking lot of Agropur (formerly Farmers Dairy) on the Salmon River Road yesterday afternoon as they tried to clear ice cakes from the lot. For about a half-mile, the Salmon River was jammed with ice, causing flooding in the parking lot of the business, as well as backyards of homes, all the way down past the Salmon River Fire Hall. 

Published on January 12, 2014

Two ice cream trucks belonging to the former Farmers Dairy sit in the parking lot behind the Agropur business. It took a few hours to free the trucks, which were surrounded by ice from a jammed Salmon River. 

Published on January 12, 2014

The front lawn of Agropur on the Salmon River Road was flooded with water and ice cakes from the Salmon River yesterday afternoon. Two tractors were brought in to clear the back parking lot of the business, which was covered with ice cakes. 

Published on January 12, 2014

Andrew Peterson, a firefighter with the Salmon River and District Volunteer Fire Brigade, stops at a hose pumping water out of the basement of the department after it flooded yesterday afternoon. All firefighters with the department were paged to help with the clean up, which occurred after the Salmon River jammed.

Published on January 12, 2014

Members of the Salmon River and District Volunteer Fire Brigade, from left, Stefan Deuville, Deputy Chief Robert Logan and Andrew Peterson were busy clearing out the basement of the fire hall yesterday afternoon after water started to seep into the hall.

Published on January 12, 2014

Ice in the North River is backing up under the bridge on the McKenzie Settlement Road following a weekend of heavy rain and wind. The weekend weather was also causing some flooding in areas, such as Park Street, and the Salmon River. 

‘The last time we had ice in the lot was about 10 years ago’

SALMON RIVER – It was a sight Tim Johnson hadn’t seen before – the parking lot behind Agropur was covered in ice cakes yesterday afternoon.

“We’ve been clearing the snow here for the last eight to 10 years,” said Johnson, who owns and operates Enviro-Wash. “I haven’t seen it like this, not since they built the berm. There’s never been ice.”

After a night Saturday of heavy wind and rain, Johnson, who is also the chief of the Salmon River and District Fire Brigade, was up just after 7 a.m. Sunday to see what damage, if any, the weather caused.

“The ice came in around back,” he said of how the ice cakes from the Salmon River made it into the parking lot of the former Farmers Dairy and neighbouring residential backyards. “There’s an old brook back there. It didn’t come over the berm.”

At about noon, two tractors were at the business to break up the ice cakes, which were up to the back of the building. Water and ice cakes flooded the front lawn as well.

Bob Prest, head of technical services with Agropur, was surprised to hear Johnson on the other end of his phone when he answered it.

“There was nothing downtown (Truro), and that’s what surprised me,” he said as he took a few pictures of the tractors clearing away the ice. “The last time we had ice in the lot was about 10 years ago, I can’t remember exactly. But I have seen it worse. I’ve see water flowing by the back doors.”

Johnson said the Salmon River was jammed only for about a half-mile, just before Agropur, heading down just past the fire hall.

With delivery trucks surrounded by ice, the tractors quickly got to work lifting the ice cakes and piling them closer to the berm.

But then water started to flow into the parking lot.

“It’s like a big puddle,” said Johnson. “If it can’t get out, it just backs right up.”

Over at the fire hall, all members were paged to lend a hand in the flooding in the basement of the hall.

Water was creeping onto the back of the hall’s parking lot, at the same time it was starting to seep into the basement.

Deputy Chief Robert Logan was leading the charge, but couldn’t remember the last time the basement had flooded.

Items were being moved to higher ground, including shelving and documents, while games tables were being propped up on blocks.

“It’s just coming up through the ground,” said Johnson about the water flooding the hall’s basement. It’s at the same level as we’re at, and without any frost in the ground, that’s where it’s going.”

In Truro, the heavy rain caused flooding yet again to Park Street, which was closed to motorists at about 2:20 Sunday morning. It was still closed as of suppertime. In Upper North River, the ice was backed up at the bridge on the McKenzie Settlement Road.

 

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Organizations: Agropur, Enviro-Wash

Geographic location: Salmon River, Park Street, Upper North River McKenzie Settlement Road

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  • Jay Connolly
    January 13, 2014 - 08:17

    It seems our MLA is content on compensation versus solutions....from her website. Time for change. "I really, really worked hard to get funding for that (flooding) and to get funding spread out across the province for the future for flood mitigation."