TOWN OF TAYCHEEDAH - It's an ice shove and it's a frightening sound to homeowners on Lake Winnebago.
"It's unreal," said Bev Michels of the Town of Taycheedah.
"It sounds like a freight train," said Brandon Petrie of Fond du Lac.
Video shot by Brett Petrie of Appleton shows just how fast moving the wall of ice can be. Petrie and his brother Brandon shot the video at their grandparents' home in the Town of Taycheedah.
"The crushing sound from the wood, all you heard was the snapping and you couldn't even imagine how many different sounds were going on when it happened," Petrie said.
People who live along the lakeshore say there is no stopping the massive wall of ice, you can see how it broke through this boathouse door leaving it in pieces as the ice continues its march inside.
"It happens fast," said Michels.
"All these piles were here just in the day time, I couldn't believe how quickly it changed," said Julie Petrie of De Pere.
The Petries say in a span of about 30 minutes the ice reached shore and broke through several boathouses. They say right now the contents can be saved, but they are worried what the wind will do this weekend.
"You're worried about the damage, you're worried about more ice coming through, you got boats, you got tons of stuff in there worth money. The wood damage is bad on some of them already but if we get more it could take them down," said Brandon Petrie.
Michels has lived in her home for 20 years and says she's only seen the ice shove up on her shoreline twice before.
"It was windy and I thought uh oh, we're going to get it - and we did," she said.
With some piles 10 to 15 feet high, there is little that can stand in the way of the wall of ice. If it starts moving again this weekend, they know all they can do is watch and wait.
"It's really cool to see but it is very hard to watch the damage happen," said Brandon Petrie.
While they may not be able to stop it, they'll surely hear it coming.
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