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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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