Residents asked to beware of thin ice

November 18, 2015

Residents asked to beware of thin ice

As a result of the colder temperatures, a layer of ice has formed on some stormwater ponds and natural bodies of water. Everyone is urged to stay off the ice.

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; it is always best to use caution.

Please take proper care and be smart around ice-covered bodies of water. Always obey all posted signs. Safety on ice is a personal responsibility.

Anyone with questions regarding ice safety can call the Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories at 780-415-1755. 

Residents can find indoor skating opportunities at www.strathcona.ca/schedules. Once outdoor skating rinks are open, residents can find safe outdoor skating locations at www.strathcona.ca/outdoorrinks 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 95,000 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.

 

- 30 -

Contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595