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Oshkosh residents see ice shoves moving ashore


OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Ice shoves are back with a vengence on Lake Winnebago thanks to this week's spring ice storm.

High winds have led to an advisory being issued for people living along the lake's western shore. .

It was the first time David Beck of Oshkosh saw the ice shove ashore.

“Crunching, growling, it also sounded like wind chimes, as the ice breaks and comes down it sounds like a tinkle. It sounds kind of frightening, but cool.”

Phyllis Leach thought it was anything but cool.

“It was during the night and it was about 2-2:30 when I woke up. It scared the Billy-be-Jesus out of me, because I didn't know what was going on. I saw the piles of ice and everything here was covered with ice,” Phyllis Leach told FOX 11.

Warmer temperatures and high winds from the east have sent ice shoves on Lake Winnebago's western shore.

“It all depends what part sticks out the farthest, and that is going to get the most damage,” said Don Herman, Otter Street Fishing Club. “It can wreck boat houses, and everything else. It's close to some houses now.”

Those who make their living on this lake say the ice shove season has come quickly, and we might not be done with these giant blocks yet.

“It's getting pretty honey-combed, and it's going to push. I know there's going to be some 40 foot high ice shoves already,” said Herman.

Meanwhile people continue to monitor the slow-moving giants, and hope the damage is minimal.