As a result of the colder temperatures, a layer of ice has formed on stormwater ponds and natural bodies of water in Strathcona County. Ice strength is affected by many factors including air temperature, road runoff, springs that feed into the water body, sun, wind, snow and overall thickness of the ice.
Stormwater ponds are unsafe for recreational activities like ice skating and hockey because they have a constant flow of water, which causes the ice to form in unstable conditions over the winter months. These unpredictable and fluctuating water levels create an environment in which the water may not freeze completely solid. Strathcona County does not monitor the thickness of ice for skating on any stormwater ponds or natural bodies of water - ice conditions are unknown.
Safety on ice is your responsibility
Remind your family to play safe and stay off the ice when signs are posted! Take proper care and be smart around ice-covered bodies of water.
Remember, you cannot judge the strength of ice by appearance alone. Stormwater ponds have an inlet and outlet pipe with water flowing much of the year. This can make ice weak and therefore it is always best to use caution.
Call 9-1-1 if someone falls through the ice
If someone falls through the ice, don't go on the ice and try to pull them out... you may fall in too! Get help fast. Call out for help. Run to a nearby home and ask them to call 9-1-1.
For ice safety information
The Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories
780-415-1755 or visit http://www.lifesaving.org/