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Sign of Spring: Ice boom removal set to begin

Ice boom removed Monday
Posted at 11:22 AM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 11:33:23-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's a sure sign of spring in Western New York. Preparations are now underway for the removal of the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom.

On Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release stating.

"Due to above freezing temperatures for much of this winter season, no notable ice cover formed on Lake Erie for the 2019-2020 ice season. On February 27, 2020 the water temperature near the ice boom was 1.1°C (34°F). Considering the lack of ice cover on Lake Erie and the absence of ice in the Maid-of-the-Mist Pool below Niagara Falls, preparations are underway for the removal of the Lake Erie – Niagara River Ice Boom."

Last year the ice boom wasn't removed until April.