MA-ME-O BEACH, Alta. — A gusting wind has produced a spectacular wall of ice along the shoreline at a popular resort lake in central Alberta.
Known as an ice shove, the wall steadily grew over the weekend at the summer village of Ma-Me-O Beach on Pigeon Lake, about 100 km south of Edmonton, and drew a number of curiosity seekers.
Severe wind has caused ice to pile up on the shoreline of Pigeon Lake. Some damage. A lot curious visitors! pic.twitter.com/tr3apf6yfa— Nicole Weisberg (@NWeisbergCTV) April 10, 2016
Mayor Don Fleming says the ice crept up to the edge of some people's homes and damaged seawalls.
Fleming says many of the people who own properties along the beach live elsewhere in the winter, so they won't find any damage for a few months.
He suspects low water caused the shove, but notes that it hasn't been as destructive as ones in past years.
Fleming also says there is still a lot of ice left on the lake and more windy days could result in a repeat performance.
"It almost reminds me of petrified wood, almost like crystals. It's really neat,'' said Mona Freeman, a resident of the Millett, Alta., area who dropped by to see nature at work.
"When we were little, we used to come and see it,'' said Dale Brittain who lives near Pigeon Lake. "It's only when the wind comes up when it happens, but it's neat how the ice crackles.''
Fleming said the icy surge will pay off come summer because it tends to level off the shore, leaving a flat beach. (CTV Edmonton)
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