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Trapped vehicles being freed

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The 27 vehicles locked in ice in the parking lot of the Northwood Oaks apartments in the Maples are being freed today.

On New Year’s Eve, a water-main break flooded the parking lot and the freezing temperatures left the cars stuck in ice. Gord Burns, one of the crew members on site, explained two methods are being used to melt the ice: by blasting it with high-pressure steam at a temperature of about 200 C, and hot water, at about 100 C.

"Don’t know which one is gonna work faster," he said.

The incident left many residents stranded and without basic necessities. Like many others, Kaleem Yaqodo’s home was left without water, while resident Baldev Dhanjal had to miss work.

"I can’t even get a rental vehicle because I don’t have a place to park that one, and I’m not going to work because I don’t have any means," Dhanjal said.

Dhanjal moved to Winnipeg from India, and after living in Canada for only two years, was surprised something like this could even happen. He can’t open his car doors, but can see it has snow inside, too.

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