CORRECTION: Ice Boom in Until End of April

April 17, 2014 Updated Apr 17, 2014 at 5:36 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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April 17, 2014 Updated Apr 17, 2014 at 5:36 PM EDT

WESTERN NEW YORK, N.Y. (WKBW) It is a question that everyone is asking: "When is the Ice Boom coming out?"

According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, it is estimated that the Ice Boom could be taken out at the end of April.

The reason is because there is still over 1,000 square miles of thick-packed ice in the eastern part of Lake Erie as of April 16th.

Due to a misunderstanding, Eyewitness News erroneously reported that the Ice Boom might have to stay in place until the end of May.

US Army Corps of Engineers report that recent satellite photos show about 50% ice coverage on the eastern end of Lake Erie.

The Corps of Engineers will start "Ice Flights" on Tuesday April 22nd to study the ice properties on eastern Lake Erie.

The longest that the Ice Boom was kept in place was May 3, 1971.

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