Lake Erie ice boom still staying in

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Buffalo, NY -- The ice boom remains in place since there is still ice on the eastern end of Lake Erie.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers in Buffalo says it plans to take another look at the lake ice from the air next Tuesday and will then have a better idea on when it will be safe to take the boom out. This is based on ice extent and thickness.

"If there's 250 square miles of ice or less in that area, that's one of the prime factors," Bruce Sanders, Public Affairs Officer for the Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District, said. "The other factor we have to consider is the characterization of the ice."

Last year the boom was taken out on March 25th. The latest the boom has ever come out is May 3rd, in 1971. That is not expected to happen this year.

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