What to Know
- Maureen Whalen's camp has been sitting on the shoreline of Lake Ontario for generations
- The home weathered years of Mother Nature's abuse, but when Whalen pulled up Monday and saw ice surrounding her camp, she started to worry
- On Tuesday, the layer of ice so thick, the roof line of the camp was just a few feet from ground level
It would be a beautiful sight to look at if the potential damage was not so upsetting.
"We've never seen anything like this. It's awful," Maureen Whalen said.
Maureen Whalen's camp has been sitting on the shoreline of Lake Ontario for generations.
The home has weathered years of Mother Nature's abuse, but when Whalen pulled up on Monday and saw feet of ice surrounding her camp, she started to worry.
"When I first pulled in it was so windy, it was hard to get to the front of the camp, but at least the back side of the camp, I knew our camp was in trouble," said Whalen.
Strong wind created massive waves that pounded the shoreline, inundating the area with water and ice.
On Tuesday, the layer of ice so thick, the roof line of the camp was just a few feet from ground level.
“When that starts melting, we’re just very fearful that it’s just going to come in and ruin the house,” Whalen said.
A look from the inside shows the view of the lake blocked by ice.
Whalen’s camp in just one of several frozen solid along the shoreline. Jason Perry owns the one next door.
“When I got out here, I just couldn’t believe that pretty much all of the ice is up in front of the camp and along the sides of the camp,” Perry said, adding that they’ve had flooding issues over the past few years due to rising lake levels and blames this latest problem on that as well.
“I think the contributing factor is how high the lake is,” he said.
As the sun dips behind Lake Ontario and these camp owners head home, they worry about what they may come back to once temperatures rise above freezing.
“I think we are all very anxious about it and sad because we know we are going to have damage for sure, so we’re very sad about it,” Whalen said.