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8:22 AM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - A massive ice wave has bulldozed its way through lakeside cottages in Canada and the United States, right alongside the border.

The ice tsunami was up to nine feet high and had some residents fleeing for their lives.

Witnesses say the ice wave came ashore like a slow-motion, frozen tsunami. At first it inched across front lawns, before it shifted towards homes and cottages on a Canadian lakefront.

"It was just a big roar and you could see it coming, and you keep thinking 'it's not coming any farther - it's going to stop', but it just kept on coming," according to cottage owner Myles Haverluck.

The ice sheet ploughed across the frozen water, blown by strong winds. "I saw the ice just coming, just moving so quickly," said Ochre Beach resident Donna Billows.

At Ochre Beach at Canada's Lake Dauphin, a wall of ice smashed its way through a dozen summer cottages.

"The ice has come on this property historically over the years but never this close," according to Dennis Stykalo, whose holiday home was destroyed.

The wind was so fierce it drove the ice up as high as the roof, and went over the top of others.

"The ice came right through the living room," said Billows. "He said, 'Grab your purse. Grab whatever you can. Get the keys. We've got to get out of here.'"

Residents are left to clean up the icy mess as heavy machinery burrows through the spring thaw, trying to get ready for the fishing season this summer.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation

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