Video captured an ice wave as it comes ashore in Minnesota, encroaching on homes in a slow but steady pace.
As it moved ashore, the wave of ice cracked like glass shattering, eventually destroying homes. The incident happened on a lake about 80 miles north of Minneapolis, where strong northerly winds pushed the melting ice from the middle of the lake toward the shore.
“It basically has the same mechanism of an iceberg,” said CNN meteorologist Todd Boreck. “Winds, but more so ocean currents, allow icebergs to drift. Same premise: A chunk of ice (relatively shallow) was pushed by a strong, sustained wind. The momentum of the ice sheet overcame the friction of the land.”
The ice, piled several feet high in some places, crept along the ground like lava as it made its way toward homes along the lake shore. Tough moving at a slow rate, it did not take the ice long to build up around the doors and windows of homes, smashing them out and continuing through to destroy the interior of the homes.
“It was just pushing and breaking and pushing and breaking,” said Darla Johnson, who made a video of the ice wave.
Minnesota wasn’t the only place to see a destructive wave come ashore. On Friday one struck on Dauphin Lake in Alberta, about 75 miles northwest of Winnipeg. The wall of ice reached 30 feet high and destroyed six homes.
“This is worse than a flood, because with a flood, the water just goes through and it’s finished. With this, there’s still so much ice out on the lake that if the wind picks up again, it could start all over,” homeowner Elaine Davis told the CBC.
Videos of the ice wave as it comes ashore became popular on the internet, with one garnering more then 275,000 views on YouTube.