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Town of Oakville warns residents to stay off stormwater ponds

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Town of Oakville warns residents to stay off stormwater ponds

The Town of Oakville is warning residents to stay off stormwater ponds in parks.

While winter is a beautiful time of year to spend time outdoors, residents are reminded to be extremely cautious around streams, rivers, ponds and lakes this time of year.

With temperatures on the decline, Halton Region is experiencing frequent freeze-thaw cycles, resulting in the melting of accumulated snow and ice cover which creates hazardous conditions near all waterways.

“The ice is not safe. Pipes keep water flowing in/out of the ponds beneath the frozen top layer, making ice conditions extremely unpredictable and unstable,” said the Town of Oakville on Twitter, urging residents to stay away from these areas.

Residents are reminded that safe on-ice activity requires five inches at minimum, for just one person alone on the ice.

Additionally, the public is reminded to stay safe this winter by keeping family and pets away from all bodies of water, avoiding all recreational activities in or around water and tailoring winter outdoor activities to trails at local parks and Conservation Areas.

To learn more about ice safety, click here.

Photo courtesy of the Town of Oakville’s Twitter page 

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