Machinery was brought in Saturday morning to help release 23 vehicles that were trapped by freezing flood waters Friday evening in an Antigonish, N.S., parking lot, Canada.
To free the vehicles, workers with the town of Antigonish’s public works department are using a loader, backhoe, sidewalk-plowing machine and manual labour to chip them out. Once the vehicles are free, they’re being towed away.
All of Nova Scotia was under a flash freeze warning on Friday. prior to the flood, it had been raining heavily, the river that runs about 200 metres behind the store flooded the parking lot within 10 minutes. Water rose more than a metre on the lot and some vehicles may have ended up trapped by ice.
On Saturday, according to the town’s official Facebook page, its public works department started to clean up the parking lot. With the help of a bylaw enforcement officer, the town also started tracking down the owners of the vehicles.
“It looks like there was pretty significant damage to many of those cars that were stuck,” Jewkes said.