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Conservation Authorities warning public to stay away from waterways as ice thaws

March 16, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

With warmer weather approaching, Conservation Authorities around the province are warning residents of the dangers that exist near rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes this time of year.

Melting snow combined with spring rainfall and the frozen ground being less able to absorb water can lead to higher and faster-flowing water and unstable ice conditions. Ice is rapidly melting and getting thinner. This presents a danger to both people and pets who could fall through the ice.

With the warmer weather, everyone is looking forward to getting outdoors. Be safe this spring and take caution near water.

Keep family and pets away from the edges of all bodies of water.

Avoid all recreational activities in or around water, especially near ice-covered watercourses and waterbodies.

Do not attempt to walk on ice-covered waterbodies or drive through flooded roads or fast-moving water.

If you live close to the water, move objects such as chairs or benches away from the water’s edge to avoid losing them during potential spring high water.

Avoid walking close to or across riverbanks and ice-covered water to prevent falling through. Due to snow melt and erosion, river banks can become unstable in the spring.

An attempted rescue is dangerous if someone or a pet finds themselves in trouble in icy water. If you see anyone that has fallen through the ice, call 911 for help immediately.

Conservation Authorities operate a flood forecasting and warning program to reduce loss of life and risk of property damage from flooding.

When flooding is possible or about to occur, Conservation Authorities issue flood messages to municipal emergency management officials, emergency medical services, school boards, police, and the media.

Municipal officials then take action to warn local residents and respond in emergency situations.

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