Fire department warns residents about unstable ponds

By Jessie Weisner
December 28, 2018 - 1:35pm Updated: December 28, 2018 - 7:12pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB -- Ice skating is a staple during the winter months, and this time in 2017, people were out on just about every frozen body of water.

However, temperatures have been erratic in 2018 making ponds and lakes much more dangerous.

The Medicine Hat Fire Department is warning Hatters to stay off any bodies of water.

“Especially with this year, the way it’s warmed and cooled and warmed and cooled,” says Captain Nolan Osadczuk with the fire department. “We strongly suggest everyone stay off all the ponds and especially the river.”

Although ponds in areas like Connaught look completely solid, the warming and cooling of the surface causes ice rot, making it unstable.

The fire department has rescueD children, dogs and deer off the ice in the past, but thankfully, it’s been a long time since anyone’s broken through.

However, conditions this year are unpredictable, so anything could happen.

“We don’t want to have to pull people out of the ice,” says Osadczuk. “We’re equipped to do it and the hauls are fitted with ice rescue stuff, so we are there if need be, but it’s better if we don’t go out.”

Multiple outdoor rinks in in the City remain closed as well.

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