`Ice Shoves' Along Lake Winnebago Cause Damage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Strong winds from the southeast pushed piles of Lake Winnebago ice as high as 20 to 25 feet along the west shore in the town of Neenah Tuesday, resulting in damage to trees and lawns.

Lakeshore resident Steven Spanbauer said southerly winds could mean more trouble from the so-called "ice shoves." He said this year's shoves are second worst in his 22 years living on the shore.

The shoves form when lake ice breaks apart in spring and strong winds blow sheets of ice onto shore. The sheets provide a ramp for more sheets to get pushed up by the wind until ice reaches the top of the pile, breaks off and crashes onto the shore.

At Spanbauer's home, the ice bent a maple tree over and bent a metal swing post 20 feet from shore, among other damage.

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