May 14, 2013 11:41 pm
Updated: May 15, 2013 7:06 am

Ice moving onto Twin Lakes Beach


Slowly, the ice is being pushed onto the shore, but when it will stop has residents at Twin Lakes Beach worried.

“Pretty weird and scary to say the least,” said George Mogatas Tuesday afternoon as he watched ice on Lake Manitoba move closer to his property.

Heavy winds blew large chucks of ice against the east shore of the lake on Friday.

“I was like woah, this is crazy — I’ve never seen this before,” said Mogatas.

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The ice pushed chunks of cement up on their sides, moved rock walls as if they were weightless and went over concrete barriers.

“It was just slowly coming in,” Mogatas said, “like a bulldozer running into a whole bunch of rocks and then it slowed like eek.”

It stopped just feet from homes and inches from Dennis Sokolowski’s garage.

“There’s not much you can do. You’re at the mercy of the weather,” Sokolowski said.

Weather that’s relentless, gusting up to 50 kilometers an hour, moving ice once again to shore Tuesday.

“Yeh, we’re just sitting on pins and needles hoping for the best,” said Sokolowski.

Residents are still rebuilding after a devastating wind storm two years ago destroyed and damaged dozens of cottages and homes.

The destruction remains and many have never returned.

It’s an emotional reminder for Sokolowski.

“It’s pretty heartbreaking,” he said.

Residents will continue to watch the lake ice and wind gusts closely for the next couple of days, worried that if the wind gusts from 50 to 80 kilometres an hour, the ice will do a lot more damage.

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