Residents urged to stay off ponds and lakes

November 12, 2014

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As a result of the colder temperatures, a layer of ice has formed on some stormwater ponds and natural bodies of water. Residents are reminded to stay off the ice that forms at this time of year.

In the late fall, 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 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.

Residents are reminded to obey all posted signs, and take proper care around ice-covered bodies of water. Ice safety is a personal responsibility.

If you see someone fall through the ice, call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not go out on the ice yourself. Anyone with questions regarding ice safety can call the Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories at 780-415-1755. 

Once skating rinks are open, residents can find safe skating locations or by calling 780-467-2211.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Media contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595