City asks residents to stay off local lakes and storm ponds

By Patrick Burles - @PatrickBurles on Twitter
November 10, 2017 - 3:53pm

LETHBRIDGE – Despite recent cold weather, the City of Lethbridge is reminding residents to stay off all ice-covered water.

In a media release from the city, they note that the condition, strength and stability of the ice can change dramatically depending on the temperature, precipitation, wind and the amount of sun on the ice surface.

They added that going on any storm pond ice is prohibited, as the ice thickness is not monitored by the city. The only ice surfaces that are monitored by the city are Nicholas Sheran, Henderson and Chinook Lakes – none of which are safe at this time.

It is also important to keep your pets on a leash when walking near ice-covered water. If they get loose and go onto the ice, you should remain on the shore and try to coax them back, without following them out. In the event that they fall through, you should call 911 immediately and not attempt a rescue yourself. The fire department will respond with ice rescue equipment and attempt to save your pet.

You can find more on ice safety at lethbridge.ca/icesafety.

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