Fire chief urges caution on ice
As spring approaches, it is hard to predict the weather from day to day. It is even harder to predict the strength and stability of ice on rivers or ponds.
Fire Chief Bruce Wade reminds residents to be extra wary around frozen bodies of water.
Wade says while calls for rescue on the frozen river or ponds are not common, it is still a concern for the department. Everyone from pedestrians and skiers, to snowmobilers, often enjoy frozen bodies of water in the winter.
“With the river, and moving water, it can undercut the ice, along with surface temperature and thawing can affect the strength,” he said.
As well as safety on the river, standing water such as ponds, sloughs or dugouts can be hazardous.
“There is also a concern with people doing things on dugouts or ponds,’ said Wade. “It is a real issue.”
While there are some guidelines, the most important is that if you are in doubt about the ice, stay off.
The strength of ice can be compromised by a number of different factors including temperature, snow pack, current and air content.
With the river, and moving water, it can undercut the ice, along with surface temperatures and thawing
can affect the strength.”
Bruce Wade Drumheller Fire Chief
Fire Chief Bruce Wade urges residents to be cautious around frozen rivers or ponds as the weather begins to warm.