Wind Blown Mille Lacs Lake Ice Damages Homes

Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 8:43 am

High winds Sunday caused ice to  block  part of Highway 169 in Crow Wing County and damaged some Mille Lacs Lake homes.

The wall of ice, pushed by 30 mph winds, took out the deck poles to one home and plunged through the side, creating a hole 6 feet in diameter.

Another homeowner was using a Bobcat to keep the ice at bay.

Earlier in the day, a crew used heavy equipment to remove the ice that built up on Highway 169 near Garrison. The ice blocked the road for more than an hour. Traffic was backed up and drivers had to turn around and look for another way to get to their destination.

This is nothing new for the area. Last year, large sheets of ice were blown off the lake from the wind and crashed into lake homes on the south side of the lake.

The large lake is not the only one with ice still left on its surface. Several northern Minnesota lakes aren’t expected to defrost in time for the fishing opener in two weeks on May 10.

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