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- Amazing photos of frozen houses are circulating on news and social media channels after the massive winter storm sent unfrozen water from Lake Erie ashore.
- The two-story homes along Lake Erie are in a Canadian waterfront community near Buffalo, New York
- Police are warning residents and tourists to avoid the area; people are still coming to see the houses, traveling on roads still deep in snow, while rescue efforts continue.
Captivating images of frozen houses are circulating news and social media channels, creating a tourist attraction at the worst possible time.
How did this happen?
The two-story homes along Lake Erie are in a Canadian waterfront community near Buffalo, New York. The massive storm that swept through the area sent unfrozen water from Lake Erie ashore, which froze on impact against homes on the front line, sealing them with ice from the ground up to their rooftops.
It’s beautiful, looking at this. I have to say that for it. Unfortunately, though, it causes a lot of damage.
Police in the Crystal Beach area of Fort Erie were warning locals and tourists to avoid the area last week.
There are photos circulating of the ice covered lake front homes in #FortErie & #PortColborne.— NRPS (@NiagRegPolice) December 28, 2022
The problem is people are traveling to see them on roads that still have deep snow and closures. We have cars getting stuck & people walking on unsafe lake ice.
Stay home - Stay safe pic.twitter.com/T2qhKzA5Di
The ice-encrusted homes are expected to thaw as temperatures rise in Ontario and western New York over New Year’s weekend.
That could explain, in part, why some folks are still risking their lives and putting extra strain on neighborhood rescue efforts to get their frozen house selfies.