Ice shoves pile up in Menominee, Michigan

Ice shoves pile up along the shore of Lake Michigan in Menominee, Mich., April 15, 2014. (WLUK/Eric Peterson)
Ice shoves pile up along the shore of Lake Michigan in Menominee, Mich., April 15, 2014. (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

MENOMINEE, Mich. - Ice shoves are lining the shoreline in Menominee, Michigan. That includes outside The Elegant Ewe stitchery shop. Owner Martha Tillson says the ice came calling Sunday night.

“The fence should be on the other side of that spruce tree,” she said. “I lost the fence; I lost the sod I just put in a few years ago. I have a cement break wall down there. I'm not sure what happened to it.”

Tillson says she's never seen so much ice. She says she has a theory.

“If you get a solid sheet of ice on a body of water, this doesn't happen. You have to have floating ice chunks and the ice breaker went through Thursday and Friday,” said Tillson.

The U.S. Coast Guard confirms ice breakers were in the area last week. But they say strong north winds, and record ice thickness were bigger factors.

The road to the lighthouse was closed Tuesday morning. People had to navigate around towering ice formations blocking the way.

“I brought my granddaughter Izzy out here to see the ice shoves. They're awesome aren't they Izzy?” said Debbie Doubek of Menominee, Michigan.

“They're really cool,” said Izzy Francisco. “Winter makes everything really pretty.”

Steve Goddard and his dog Jesse made the trek all the way to the lighthouse.

“It was a good opportunity to take some pictures. I'm kind of into photography. You don't see much of this very often,” said Steve Goddard, Marinette. “If that wind blows some more, she's going to cover up a lot more yet.”

It was an icy experience.

“It's very beautiful out here. I never seen any ice shoves in 47 years we lived here,” said Joseph Martin of Menominee, Michigan.

Meanwhile, Tillson says she will rebuild once the ice finally melts.

“It will probably be gone by Christmas, maybe,” she said.

FOX 11 checked with the City of Menominee, the city manager says despite the larger than usual ice shoves, there have been no reports of serious damage.