The Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom broke Sunday amid strong winds, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz confirmed in a tweet Sunday evening.
Sections of the boom were spotted floating in the river Sunday.
Poloncarz said the river is being flooded with ice and ice is building up along the shore.
The New York Power Authority said Sunday evening that the ice boom is functioning as designed, and the flooding is not due to the ice boom.
The NYPA’s statement says:
High wind and high water events can cause ice to overtop the ice boom. Pontoons breaking loose is not unusual during high wind events. There were loose pieces of the boom in the water prior to this event.
The Ice Boom has broken and the Niagara River is being flooded with ice. This is a picture of a piece taken near Grand Island. Allegedly 7 sections were seen in the river. Ice is building up along the shore. pic.twitter.com/lHTjQT9SHx— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) February 24, 2019