Feet of ice inundate camps along Lake Ontario shoreline
RAMONA BEACH, NY — It would be a beautiful sight to look at if the potential damage was not so upsetting. 

"We've never seen anything like this. It's awful," said Maureen Whalen.

Maureen Whalen's camp has been sitting on the shoreline of Lake Ontario for generations. 
 
The home has weathered years of Mother Nature's abuse, but when Whalen pulled up on Monday and saw feet of ice surrounding her camp, she started to worry. 

"When I first pulled in it was so windy, it was hard to get to the front of the camp, but at least the back side of the camp, I knew our camp was in trouble," said Whalen. 

Strong wind created massive waves that pounded the shoreline, inundating the area with water and ice. On Tuesday, the layer of ice so thick, the roof line of the camp was just a few feet from ground level. 
 
 
"When that starts melting we're just very fearful that it's going to come and ruin the house," said Whalen. 

A look at the inside - the windows are coated with ice, blocking the view of Lake Ontario. 


A home on Ramona Beach in Oswego County was inundated water and ice (CNYCentral Photo).

Whalen's is one of several camps frozen solid along the shoreline. Jason Perry owns the one next door. 

"When I got here, I just couldn't believe that pretty much all the ice is now up in the front of the camp and along the sides of the camp," said Perry. 
 
Perry said they have had flooding issues over the past few years because of rising lake levels. 

He blames this latest problem on that too. 

"I think a contributing factor is how high the lake is," said Perry. 

The property owners worry about what they might come back to once temperatures rise above freezing. 

"I think we're all very anxious about it and sad because we know we're going to have damage for sure, so we're very sad about it," said Whalen. 

Whalen says several of these camps owners in the Ramona Beach area still are likely not aware of what has happened and might not know until they come back for the season. 

By then, the ice will have melted, potentially flooding and causing extensive damage.


Source: https://cnycentral.com/news/local/feet-of-ice-inundate-camps-along-lake-ontario-shoreline
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