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Ice destroys 6 homes, damages 14 others in Ochre Beach, Canada

May 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM   |   Comments

OCHRE BEACH, Manitoba, May 11 (UPI) -- A state of emergency has been declared in the community of Ochre Beach, Manitoba, after a wave of lake ice destroyed or damaged about 20 homes, officials said.

Local officials told CBC News wind pushed built-up ice off Dauphin Lake Friday onto nearby homes, destroying six homes and damaging 14 others.

No injuries were reported.

The incident happened in the same area that suffered extensive damage by flooding in 2011.

"They're devastated. Most of these people were hit hard during the flood," Clayton Watts, the deputy reeve of the rural municipality of Ochre River, said Friday night. "Most of them were back to the stage where they were back living in their homes again, and now this has happened. So they're pretty devastated right now."

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