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Ice Shove on Lake Erie

Fort Erie, Ontario - Feb 24 2019

Ice Shove Video
Dramatic video of us scrambling to get out of the way as huge blocks of ice almost hit us.
Extremely strong winds from a deepening Texas Low brought hurricane force gusts to the eastern end of Lake Erie. these winds pushed thousands of tons of ice up onto shore in a phenomena called an "Ice Shove" I was out documenting the event in the towns of Crystal Beach, and then eventually at Fort Erie, where the ice was dramatically being pushed ashore, over the breakwall, into the adjacent park, and onto Lakeshore Road. At one point, the ice pushed up quickly, and we had to dash to get out of the way as the ice crashed towards us. It is astonishing how fast the ice conditions can change.

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The Weather Network team, filming at the edge of the ice shove in Fort Erie.
The highest spot of the pile of ice. This was spilling over the breakwater, across the grass, and into the road.
The lakeshore path with ice spilling over. In the background is the Peace Bridge, connecting Canada and Buffalo, New York.

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Not only was there ice, but flooding as well. The local fire dept. helps to control traffic on Lakeshore Rd.
A tree floats past, stuck in the ice.
This is the spot where Lake Erie empties into the Niagara River, on its way towards Niagara Falls, and Lake Ontario.

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The park, along the Lake Erie shore.
I've never seen an ice shove like this before. We started the day at nearby Crystal Beach, experiencing incredibly high winds, then w got reports of this ice overtopping the shore.
Huge blocks of ice spill into the park, and crash into the trees.

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