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      Homeowners assess damage caused by 'ice tsunami'

      Keweenaw Peninsula residents are assessing damage caused by an unexpected wall of ice that has pushed ashore.

      The "ice tsunami" as local residents are calling it is pushing dangerously close to homes and other buildings along Grand Traverse Bay.

      Wind along the shores of Lake Superior has caused the ice to move farther inland than usual. So far the ice has caused damage to a sauna, broken a few windows and damaged break walls along the beach.

      Insurance adjusters have been in the area to help homeowners assess the damage. The ice shoves have even drawn a crowd of curious onlookers from neighboring towns.

      Residents were surprised as they haven't seen anything quite like it.

      "For the 30 years we've been here we've never seen the icebergs and ice come in as much as it has this year," said Karen Frusti, homeowner. "This year has been, it's almost like a winter tsunami, it's basically more than anyone anticipated ever seeing here because were not accustomed to this kind of ice build-up."

      The neighborhood consists of a mix of year summer homes and year round residents.

      The Frustis say they have had neighborhood discussions about what they can do to prevent the ice shoves from pushing this far up the beach in the future.