High winds and waves coat lakeshore in thick ice

SOUTH CAYUGA—Homes and cottages all along Lake Erie found themselves covered in a thick layer of ice this past weekend. Shown above, a pergola on Lakeshore Road in South Cayuga had spikes of ice built up as water from the lake sprayed over it in the wind and froze. Ice is also shown having built up along the edge of the lake as the waves continue to push it against the shore. —Haldimand Press photo.
SOUTH CAYAGA—The freezing spray and ice this past weekend wreaked havoc on some structures near Lake Erie, including the above steel break wall, which ultimately could not hold up and now bows out six feet from where it should be. —Haldimand Press photo.
WAINFLEET—Thick ice covered cottages and homes along the lakeshore, along with everything else in sight. April MacDonald of Dunnville visited her in-law’s place and said it was very windy, cold, and slippery.         —Photos courtesy of April Macdonald.
 
WAINFLEET—Thick ice covered cottages and homes along the lakeshore, along with everything else in sight. April MacDonald of Dunnville visited her in-law’s place and said it was very windy, cold, and slippery.         —Photos courtesy of April Macdonald.
 
PORT MAITLAND—These photos of a bike rack and parking sign at Port Maitland show just how thick the ice was. —Photos courtesy of Sheryl Ferris-Little.
PORT MAITLAND—These photos of a bike rack and parking sign at Port Maitland show just how thick the ice was. —Photos courtesy of Sheryl Ferris-Little.

 

By Jillian Zynomirski

The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—Strong winds and high waves resulted in freezing spray and an ice-coated lakeshore over the weekend.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) had advised of strong gale winds forecasted for Lake Erie on Friday, February 4, 2021. The 30-50km/h winds, with gusts of up to 85km/h, continued into Saturday, February 5.

The lake was expected to rise by up to one metre and waves were expected to exceed two metres in height. Flooding was also expected in low-lying areas.

On February 5, Haldimand County urged residents to stay away from the shoreline. Haldimand County Emergency Services and Roads Operations crews actively patrolled the lakeshore areas in South Cayuga, Walpole, and Dunnville, and closed the Port Maitland pier.

Freezing temperatures of around -10C resulted in freezing spray from the waves, which layered ice onto everything it touched, including the ground, trees, and structures.

Thick ice can be seen in the photos above from South Cayuga, Port Maitland, and Wainfleet.

As of press time on Tuesday, February 9, everything was still coated in ice as cold temperatures continued.

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