An early thaw turned winter roads to mud in Manitoba, stranding supply trucks and drivers for as much as five days. The temporary roads are carved through bush and across frozen muskeg, lakes, rivers and creeks to temporarily connect the northern regions with the rest of the province.
The CBC reported that a total of 139 people had been rescued from soggy winter roads – some of them truckers, others four-wheelers – as of Monday, March 22.
Some people were rescued by helicopters and some were picked up by truckers who were able to keep moving.
“Those truck drivers saved some of those people’s lives. Some people we ran into had been on their own for five days. They weren’t sure anyone was coming,” George Leonard, with Manitoba Search and Rescue, told the Montreal Gazette.