Brief warm-up causing Hamburg ice piles to melt, raising some concerns

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People are still making their way to Hamburg to snap a picture of the mountains of ice that formed after the wind storm last month. Thursday’s taste of spring weather led to a brief warm up across Western New York and it’s also causing a frozen attraction to melt.


“We’re hoping for a gradual melt, a little bit more controlled,” said Sean Crotty, emergency services manager for the town of Hamburg.


If you listen closely you can hear the ice falling. It’s a sign the still popular frozen attraction on Hoover Road in Hamburg is starting to melt.


It’s something Leanne Powers, who lives along the shoreline, says she just noticed.


“I think it’s going to go away sooner than folks expect. It’s been very very cold we’ve only had about one to two warm days and is, as you hear as we’re standing here, shrinking very quickly,” said Leanne Powers.


Although the ice piles are melting, Powers says there’s no flooding concerns. But she says she’s still concern for visitors coming to take the perfect picture.


“Very, very dangerous. Right now it’s rapidly melting, you don’t know where there’s water underneath,” said Powers.


Sean Crotty, emergency services manager for the town of Hamburg, says they’re continuing to monitor the frozen attraction.


“Since this situation is pretty stable, we’re just monitoring it every 6 hours, 12 hours, so I’ll visit it once the sun goes down and then first thing in the morning.” said Crotty.


He says the winds — the very thing that caused this pile — will actually help reduce any issues while it melts.


“Because it’s predominantly out of the west, we’re looking at a warm winds, or breeze coming across a cool lake which then exponentially cools the air so it’s not as damaging or not as rapid degradation of the ice,” said Crotty.


Crotty says several agencies and meterologists from the National Weather Service have seen the ice piles and even they say it’ll be around for some time.  


“It’s not going to be an attraction come the fourth of July, but it’ll be around for awhile,” said Crotty.

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