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Falls rock scaling operation underway

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From Niagara This Week:

Visitors to Niagara Falls may have noticed a crane dangling workers over the ledge above the lower observation deck of Journey Behind the Falls on Monday.

The workers were chipping away at loose rock in a process called ice-jacking on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls, 13 storeys above the falls basin.

Throughout the winter, water can creep into the crevices of the rock and through the freezing process slowly loosen pieces of rock as the frozen water expands, which then poses a danger to people standing on the observation deck below.

1938: Disaster over Niagara Falls

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I came across this today, and had never heard it before. I’ve obviously heard of the event that led to the destruction of the Honeymoon Bridge, but I’d never heard a radio broadcast from the day it happened. CBC has a nice archives section and here is the audio for a broadcast that day:

In a cloud of snow and ice, the great bridge that crossed the Niagara River has collapsed upon itself. Now, all that remains of the Honeymoon Bridge are tangled cable lines, crushed wooden beams and twisted metal. Under the weight of an enormous amount of ice, the bridge’s beams gave way and fell into the freezing water below. In this on-the-scene report, CBC Radio captures the spectacle of the disaster as hundreds of tourists look on in shock.

Le visage caché des Chutes du Niagara (The Hidden Face of Niagara Falls)

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From Le Parisien:

Découvrir les Chutes du Niagara sous un autre angle.

On connaît l’image des Chutes du Niagara, ces impressionnants murs d’eau en forme de fer à cheval où la rivière Niagara effectue un saut de 51 mètres dans le vide. C’est en été que le spectacle est le plus impressionnant. Mais on oublie souvent que le site est tout aussi magique en hiver. Au plus fort de l’hiver, les chutes deviennent des sculptures de glace que l’on peut admirer jusqu’au dégel.

Translation courtesy of Google Translate:

Discover the Niagara Falls from a different angle.

We know the image of Niagara Falls, the impressive horseshoe-shaped water walls where the Niagara River jumps 51 meters in a vacuum. It is in summer that the show is most impressive. But we often forget that the site is just as magical in winter. At the height of winter, the falls become sculptures of ice that can be admired until the thaw.

Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom installation planned to begin

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From Niagara Frontier Publications (from last Friday):

Placement of the 22 spans of the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom is about to start.

Each winter since 1964, the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom has been installed near the outlet of Lake Erie to reduce the amount of ice entering the Niagara River. Reduction in ice entering the river reduces the potential for ice jams, which can result in damage to shoreline property and significantly reduce water flow for hydroelectric power production.

Under the International Joint Commission’s 1999 Supplementary Order of Approval, placement of the spans may begin when the Lake Erie water temperature at Buffalo reaches 4ºC (39ºF) or on Dec. 16, whichever comes first. Installation of the ice boom is planned to begin today, weather permitting.

Nature gives Niagara Falls an icy new look

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From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

If you thought it felt icy out there Friday, take a look at some of these stone-cold shots we took up in Niagara Falls!

Trees, view finders and street lamps located near one of the most breath-taking sites in all of Western New York are covered in ice! Temperatures have remained below freezing over the past few days, allowing water droplets from the falls to accumulate and freeze on to objects such as trees, cars, railings, sidewalks etc…

Niagara Falls for the Holidays

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From Southeast Michigan Metro Parent:

With snow blanketing the shoreline right up to the thundering water, Niagara Falls takes on a whole different look and feel during the holidays. The snow and ice create a wintery scene that seems pulled right from a fairytale.

For a memorable winter weekend getaway, take a shortcut through Canada to find your way to Niagara Falls. With a cool new holiday market on the New York side – complete with outdoor vendors and indoor music events – there’s plenty to lure southeast Michigan families to this neck of the woods!

“When Ice Bridged a Gorge Between Nations”

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On Saturday, Sherman Zavitz‘s column in the Niagara Falls Review was about when ice has frozen over the Niagara River right near the falls. Unfortunately the piece wasn’t online, so I took a picture of it for you to see. Occasionally the Review does this, so the only way to ensure you get it is to be a subscriber.

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