BUFFALO, NY - The ice boom is set to be removed from the Niagara River Tuesday, the earliest ever.
Because of the mild temperatures this winter in Western New York, the lack of ice on Lake Erie, and the absence of an ice build-up below Niagara Falls, the New York Power Authority and Ontario Power Generation decided to remove the boom.
Weather permitting, a crew will begin opening the boom's 22 spans on Tuesday.
If everything goes as planned, this will be the earliest removal of the ice barrier since it was first installed in the winter of 1964-65.
Previously, the boom's earliest opening date was March 5, 1998. The latest date for opening was May 3, 1971. Last year, boom opening began on April 12 and was completed on April 22.