13 May 2013, 19:13

Lakeside homes hit by 'ice tsunami' in Canada, US

Lakeside homes hit by 'ice tsunami' in Canada, US

Lakeside communities in Canada and the north of the US have witnessed an “ice tsunami” after strong winds blowing at some 80 km/h drove large chunks of ice from nearby lakes. (VIDEO)

A huge ice wave damaged many homes in Dauphin, Manitoba, where 12 homes have been completely destroyed. A number of households have also been hit in Minnesota, the US.

"I saw the ice just coming, just moving so quickly," says 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," says 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," says Ms 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 diggers burrow through the spring thaw, trying to get ready for the fishing season in the summer.

No casualties have been reported.

Voice of Russia, Lenta.ru, ABC News, 3News NZ

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