Saskatoon's war against giant icicles continued this week, with hot water being the weapon of choice.
A crew was busy throughout the day using hot, pressurized water to melt a three-storey high ice structure that was flowing out of an apartment building.
It was similar to a 10-metre-long icicle that was taken down from another Saskatoon apartment building last month. Neighbours had expressed concerns that if left alone, it might break and crash into people's homes.
That one was destroyed over several hours by men armed with chain saws and sledgehammers.
This latest one, at 630 8th St. E., was a little trickier to deal with, because the ice had frozen around power lines.
Fire marshal Wayne Roger said hot water was a safe way to get the job done.
Giant icicles have been spotted around the city this year following a winter of particularly heavy snowfall and a series of freezes and thaws.
The city's unprecedented icicle situation has hit the news around North America. For a while, a Twitter user was tweeting out regular dispatches as @gianticicle.
@CBCTheNational @bonnieallencbc Dear @gianticicle , so sorry I missed you. Fame is fleeting. Here comes the sun.
"I'm melt-iiiiiiiiiinnnnnng!" is likely what this icicle would scream, if icicles could talk. They can't. @gianticicle #skcbc
@gianticicle Are you dating a hockey rink?
@gianticicle Farewell noble icicle. http://t.co/p3deTbkECN #Saskatoon
Holy honkin' icicle! We grow 'em big in Canada! @GiantIcicle http://t.co/pGgWZrnp0V
@gianticicle You had your season and lived your brief span with a sparkling grace.. say hello to last spring's cherry blossoms for me :)!
Only in Saskatchewan (Canada) you are icicles like this!! #gianticicle this one is Giganticle http://t.co/FxUDc8yHh7” #socold
Pretty Big Icicle
Finally the voice of reason!“@borkmedia: @torygillis @Gramiq @gianticicle #yxe It's not the size of the icicle, but what you do with it.”