Ice dam causes Province House leak

Ryan Ross
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Scott Graves of MacLean Construction uses an axe to hack ice off Province House in this Dec. 31 file photo.

Province House is one of the latest victims of this winter’s cold weather after water leaked into the building due to a buildup of ice on its roof.

In an email, Parks Canada spokeswoman Tara McNally MacPhee said staff noticed the problem on Dec. 30 as they were preparing for the New Year’s Eve celebrations and found water dripping in around windows throughout the building. The worst of the leaking was on the third floor but wasn’t isolated to that level, she said.

Ice forming in the building’s eavestroughs caused snow and ice to back up onto the roof in what is known as an ice dam. When the snow and ice on the roof melted, the water leaked through the shingles into the building because it was trapped behind the ice dam.

The ice has since melted thanks to warmer weather.

Organizations: Province House, Parks Canada

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