Owners Of Iced-In Home Still Digging Out

Owners Of Iced-In Home Still Digging Out

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Imagine digging your home out of nearly four feet of ice.

“This is 85 years coming up here," said camp owner Maureen Whelan. "We've never seen anything like it and we can't lose this camp, so we're doing what we can to make it survive.”

Whelan owns a summer camp on Ramona Beach on Lake Ontario that's been in her family for generations. Never have they seen anything quite like this.

“It's pretty much unprecedented that I've ever seen up here," family friend Michael Lentini said. "Maybe in Antarctica, but not here certainly.”

It was all hands on deck Saturday. Relatives and friends brought in chainsaws, augers, flame torches, axes -- any heavy equipment they could get their hands on to break the ice.

The icing is a result of an wind storm a few weeks ago where wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour pushed waves from Lake Ontario onto the property.

The owners and their friends are working on digging a trench one to two feet away from the home, so the ice doesn't melt inside. They also want to preserve the structure of the camp.

“Most importantly, we're going to get channels out to the water," Lentini said. "We're not going to be able to get rid of four feet of ice here, but we can certainly get rid of what's on the house.”

Hours were spent in the sunshine Saturday removing as much ice and snow as possible to prevent flooding down the road.

“It's kind of overwhelming to see all our family and friends coming together to make a dent,” Whelan said.

“It's a wonderful thing about the north country community," Lentini said. "Everyone circles the wagons, so when something like this happens, everybody helps out.”

The owners say they'll continue to spend as many weekends as it takes to maintain the camp, while keeping an eye out for the next thaw.

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