LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – The community of Onalaska recently decided to deal with the remnants of winter in an unorthodox way: explosives.
Onalaska officials hired someone to stick several hundred sticks of plastic explosives in the frozen Sand Lake Coulee Creek and blow it up on Friday.
That’s because when it rained on Feb. 23 the water ran on the ice and was going around a dike that protects about a dozen homes.
Town officials checked with the law enforcement and wildlife experts, and it was determined to be legal.
Department of Natural Resources water field specialist Dave Pericak says this is the first time in 34 years he’s had this type of request.
Afterward, crews dug out the ice and created a channel for the water.