New York family beach home turns into ‘ice house’

ns newsNs News Online Desk:Turbulent waves and high winds have turned a family beach home into an “ice house” at Ramona Beach, in Pulaski, New York. Maureen Whelan’s family has used the house for the past 85 years, but none of them has ever seen anything like this before.

Maureen shares the house with her brother and sister, and together they have been trying to chip the ice off the roof. “We’re devastated” she told the BBC.

High winds of up to 70mph (112km/h) at the end of February created massive waves from Lake Ontario, which blew spray onto the houses and then froze in the chilly temperatures. This is what the house looked like before it was covered in ice.Maureen said the family have been creating channels so the ice can drain properly once melting occurs, in the hope of minimizing water damage.

She says the property is not in a flood zone so insurance may not cover any damage. The home has a lakefront barrier which helped to protect it but there is four feet of ice in front of the house.

“They’re all smiling and making the best of an unfortunate situation” says local reporter John Kucko in a Facebook post.

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