Corps begins removal of ice boom

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began removing the ice boom on Tuesday.

A flight over Lake Erie on Monday found less than 250 square miles of ice, which is the minimum amount allotted before the ice boom can be removed. Officials say the quality of the ice has been rapidly diminishing, and the only solid ice cover that remains is around the boom.

The 22 spans began to be removed on Tuesday, more than a month later than when the ice boom was removed last year, but four days shy of the latest the ice boom has ever been removed.

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