Ed Mis, a resident living along the shore of Lake Erie in New York, has lived in the neighborhood for the past eight years. While it has seen ice coatings before, Mis said that this is the first time they woke up with their homes completely encased in thick ice. "It looks fake, it looks unreal. It's dark on the inside of my house. It can be a little eerie, a little frightening,” he said.
The houses appear as if they are ice sculptures or something out of the movie “Frozen.” According to Live Science, a science news website that features groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, our culture and history, ice covering the homes was estimated to be around 3 feet (1 meter) thick and was so solid that it even blocked daylight coming through the windows. While the sight is surreal, residents are worried that this could damage their homes.
"We're worried about the integrity, of structure failure when it starts to melt, because of the weight on the roof," Mis said.
Elyse Smith, a meteorologist, explained that the houses have been covered with thick ice due to the combination of lake water coming ashore, gale-force winds, and below-freezing temperatures that caused these extreme ice homes. “On Wednesday, February 26th, a blizzard warning and lakeshore flood warning were issued for the eastern shoreline of Lake Erie in New York state, including the Hoover Beach area. These warnings came ahead of a winter storm that would impact Western New York on February 27th and 28th,” Smith said.
According to BoredPanda, a Lithuanian website that publishes articles about "lightweight and inoffensive topics," structural collapse is definitely a possibility in Hamburg. “The community has been seeing more than their fair share of situations between wind damage and the Halloween storm and an ice shove at the end of February,” Sean Crotty, Hamburg’s emergency manager, said.