LA CROSSE, Wis. (March 12, 2014) Officials in Onalaska, Wis., plan to try a new approach to the problem of snowmelt with no place to go as they blow up a frozen creek this week.
Town of Onalaska officials hired a blasting company to stick several hundred sticks of plastic explosives in the frozen Sand Lake Coulee Creek and detonate them on Friday.
Officials turned to explosives because when it rained Feb. 23, the water ran on the ice and went around a dike that protects about a dozen homes.
After the blast, crews dug out the ice and created a channel for the water.
Jerry McManigle says in 50 years in the business, he's blown up barns, foundations and beaver dams, but never a creek before.