Neighbors were defenseless against a slowly-creeping wall of ice as it pushed toward, and sometimes into, their lakefront homes.
It was a scene reminiscent of an old horror movie as the combination of strong winds and cold temperatures pushed a wall of ice onto a ten-mile stretch of shoreline along Lake Mille Lacs in Minnesota.
Some called it an “ice tsunami,” but locals know it as an “ice crawl.” Strong wind pushing across the lake blows water up on the shore in temperatures low enough to freeze the blowing water into ice crystals.
The ice pushed in doors and windows on some homes and ended up in piles as high as 30 feet tall in some spots. Crews were using heavy equipment to move the ice away from homes.