- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

SEBEWAING, Mich. (AP) - Officials in the rural Michigan village of Sebewaing (SEE’-buh-wing) have used explosives to break up river ice and prevent flooding.

The Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe says the efforts on the Sebewaing River are being coordinated with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and others.

The Bay City Times says crews set off charges Thursday to break up ice from the North Center Street Bridge to the mouth of the river at Saginaw Bay.

The village is about 95 miles north of Detroit in the heavily agricultural Thumb region.

Authorities used explosives on the river last year for the first time since 2001. Ice was two feet thick last year and is about 23 inches thick now.

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