“Waves” of fast-moving ice — or an “ice tsunami” — charged into homes in Canada and Minnesota over the weekend, destroying or damaging much of what was in its path.
The Winnipeg Free Press reported that 12 homes were completely destroyed and 15 damaged when upwards of 37-mile-per-hour winds pushed ice up from Lake Dauphin. No injuries as a result of the unusual event were reported.
The Davis family on Ochre Beach heard the ice coming and within five minutes it rose from the lake and pushed into their home, moving furniture and bathroom fixtures from their place.
“They heard it before they saw it coming up their decks,” deputy reeve Clayton Watts told the Free Press. “Then it came right in their front windows. It was just a matter of minutes. Fortunately, no one was hurt. We were very lucky.”
Here is a videos showing the aftermath in Canada:
Homes on the shores of Minnesota’s second largest lake experienced a similar situation to those in Canada as well.
WCCO-TV reports that the ice from Lake Mille Lacs reached the doors and windows at the Izatys Resort on Saturday morning.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Shawn Devinny says 30 to 40 mile an hour winds pushed the water into the ice, driving it ashore. He says the winds were lighter Sunday and the shoreline got a reprieve.
The Department of Natural Resources says about 10 miles of shoreline are covered, with some reaching up to 30 feet high.
Check out the impact of the ice waves in these videos:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.