Homeowners in Lac Ste. Anne have spent the last few days assessing damage to their properties after ice quakes struck the region.
Ridges started forming along the shoreline last week, and in some cases, it’s still getting worse.
“It’s lifted up the grass, part of the retaining wall,” said Barrie Ronaldson as he looked at the damage to his Val Quentin property.
He says he first discovered the damage a week ago.
“It’s gotten worse since we left last Sunday.”
He’s thankful his cottage is okay, but says his deck was damaged.
“It’s created a ridge right through, continuing through the boathouse.”
The garage door on his boathouse buckled and one of the walls lifted off the footing.
CTV News Edmonton showed photos of the damage to David Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada.
“These ridges and cracks appear and these are all very much a part of what we call these ice quakes,” he said.
He says these quakes are caused by extreme temperature changes, conditions seen in the area at the time.
“That would have caused the ice both in the ground and also in the lake to expand and create that kind of popping sound, loud noise, and could in extreme situations cause the ground to shift.”
In some cases the ground will shake, something residents on Lac Ste. Anne experienced on New Year’s Day in 2018.
Phillips says ice quakes happen more often than people realize.