Ships on Lake Superior battle ice
The Associated PRess January 11, 2014 7:46PM
Updated: January 11, 2014 10:44PM
Ships using Lake Superior are having a tough time due to the worst buildup of ice in decades.
The National Weather Service started tracking freeze-ups in 1978, and says this is the second-fastest and thickest ice-up in 35 years, according to Wisconsin Public Radio News in Superior, Wis. Coast Guard Soo Vessel Traffic Director Mark Gill said this is the worst since 1989.
“Christmas Eve was the first sign of trouble,” Gill said. “It got to the point that we’re not able to take ships down there anymore because the ice is so thick that it’s pressed to the bottom.”