Weather permitting, the removal of the ice boom will begin tomorrow.
Bruce Sanders of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers states in an email this afternoon that only 240 square miles of ice coverage remains over eastern Lake Erie and New York Power Authority will begin the removal process tomorrow.
“The ice quality is very slushy and rapidly diminishing. The only solid ice cover is around the boom itself. The rest is loose,” he wrote.
The boom is required to remain in place until less than 250 square miles (650 square kilometres) of ice coverage remains.
The weather may interfere as the U.S. National Weather Service predicts sustained winds of 20-30 miles per hour with gusts to 55 mph.