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Published February 07, 2011, 10:01 AM

Manitoba Ice Jams

Manitoba Hydro says ice jams up north threatened 75 per cent of southern Manitoba's power supply.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

Manitoba Hydro says ice jams up north threatened 75 per cent of southern Manitoba's power supply.

Spokesman Glenn Schneider says the Crown utility is keeping a close eye the hydro towers close to Sipiwesk Lake and swollen parts of the Nelson River about 700 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

Schneider says water was around the base of some of the steel towers secured by steel guy wires moored into the ground.

Ice had damaged a guy wire holding a tower that carries the high-voltage lines and there was a growing threat that ice would move the towers.

However, crews repaired the damaged guy wire and are monitoring the situation in the remote area accessible by helicopter.

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