Ice Boom Removal Delayed Until After April 1st

March 27, 2014 Updated Mar 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Ice Boom Removal Delayed Until After April 1st

March 27, 2014 Updated Mar 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Because of the amount of the ice cover remaining on eastern, the removal of the Lake Erie/Niagara River ice boom will be delayed until after April 1st.

On Thursday, The International Joint Commission’s International Niagara Board of Control made the decision after Satellite imagery showed that the eastern basin of Lake Erie between Long Point, Ontario and Erie, Pennsylvania, is 95 percent ice covered.

That is an area of about 1875 square miles.

Current regulations require all floating sections of the boom be removed by the first day of April unless there is more than 250 square miles of ice.

The latest ice boom opening was on May 3rd back in 1971.

Last year the boom was removed on March 25th.