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Runaway cabin creates spectacle on Canada's Peel River

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published July 20, 2012

A log cabin from Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories, Canada, south of Inuvik, continued a great escape down the Peel River Wednesday.

According to CBC, heavy rainfall and rapidly raising water levels in the Beaufort Delta area dislodged the cabin and carried it about 62 miles north, past the village of Aklavik, earlier this week.

Residents there tied the rogue shelter to shore, but on Wednesday strong currents helped it made another break, and it traveled farther down the Peel.

CBC news has the local video showing the cabin's slow getaway down the swollen stream.

The structure has a prior record of similar behavior. A year ago, it landed on a muddy riverbank upstream from Fort McPherson and has been slowly making its way downstream since.

The cabin was built by area hunter trapper types, and no one was in living in it at the time of its latest escape.

To watch the video, visit CBC News, here.

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