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Crews expected to remove ice boom Monday

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Posted at 6:40 AM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 06:40:00-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Relief is on the way for boating companies in Buffalo that say business is taking a hit from the long winter.

Crews are expected to start removing the ice boom from Lake Erie Monday.

They waited until now because there was still too much ice on Lake Erie.

Companies that charter boats for fishing say they've had to move and cancel reservations because of all the ice remaining on the lake.

Crews have been installing the ice boom each year since 1964. The pontoons prevent ice from flowing down the Niagara River.

The International Joint Commission says the boom reduces the risk of large-scale ice blockages on the river that would cause flooding and damage to property.