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Ice boom removal continues today

A state Power Authority crew will continue work today to open and remove the 1.7-mile ice boom that spans the outlet of Lake Erie at the Niagara River during the winter.

The work takes about a week.

The boom removal -- a sign of spring -- came early this year as rain and warm temperatures significantly melted the ice cover in Lake Erie during the last two weeks.

The average date for the ice boom removal is April 6, according to the Power Authority. Last year, the work began April 6 and was completed April 13.

The boom, which is made up of a series of steel pontoons, is owned and operated by the New York Power Authority and Ontario Power Generation. It keeps chunks of ice from floating down the Niagara River, clogging power project intakes and damaging properties along the shore.

Boom Days, an annual celebration of the removal of the boom, is scheduled for April 15 to 17 in Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

See what the ice boom looks like in the waters outside Erie Basin Marina in this video shot last week from a kayak by News Photographer Derek Gee:

-- Denise Jewell Gee

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