High Winds and Ice Impact the Niagara Parkway

Niagara Parks Police say Ice Formations Pose Risk to Public Safety

News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted February 2nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Winds pushing ice up on Niagara River shore near Peace Bridge in Niagara, Ontario Town of Fort Erie. Niagara Parks Police image

Niagara Falls, Ontario – The Niagara Parks Commission would like to advise the public to exercise caution, when travelling along the south Niagara Parkway, particularly in the area of Mather Arch, in the Town of Fort Erie. Traffic is now being re-routed, with the south Niagara Parkway closed between Central Avenue and Queen Street.

As a result of the high-winds, large ice formations from Lake Erie have breached the Parapet Wall and have spilled onto the sidewalk, along the south Niagara Parkway. While visually stunning, these ice formations continue to move and shift, and members of the public are asked to please avoid this area, as the ice formations do pose a risk to public safety.

Niagara Parks Police and Parks and Engineering staff are on duty to provide support and are working to maintain the area. As well, given the impact of high winds on the Ice Boom, significant ice has now built up in the lower Niagara River basin. These conditions will continue to be monitored by Niagara Parks staff.

Click on the following link to watch video from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Police, showing ice from this past Sunday, February 24th’s high winds, pushing on to shores of upper Niagara River- https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=585625095286307 .

About Niagara Parks – Since its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Today, Niagara Parks boasts gardens, a horticulture school, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and, of course, Niagara Falls. In short, natural landscapes, history, family fun, hiking, culinary delights, attractions and adventure

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