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Posted on: February 24, 2021

[ARCHIVED] BE AWARE OF DETERIORATING ICE CONDITIONS

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The Johnston Parks Department and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources remind residents of deteriorating ice conditions on the ponds and lakes within Johnston and around Iowa.

Although the ice may appear safe and thick enough for people to walk on, the ice conditions are deteriorating with the changing temperatures. As the snow melts, it pools on the ice, and while the ice is still solid, it is quickly deteriorating with the pooling water.

 Ice safety tips:

  • Stay off ice that has slush on top. Slush ice is only half as strong as clear ice and indicates the ice is not freezing from the bottom.
  • Ice fishing is a social activity; never go out alone. If the worst should happen, someone would be there to call for help or to rescue.
  • There could be pockets of thin ice or places where ice recently formed, so check ice thickness as you go out.
  • Strongest ice: clear with a bluish tint.
  • The insulating effect of snow slows down the freezing process.
  • Safety items in the bucket: Ice picks, about 50 feet of rope and a throwable floatation seat cushion for use in rescue cases.

If you do break through the ice, remain calm. Keep your heavy clothing on as it will provide warmth. If you have ice picks, dig the picks' points into the ice while kicking your feet to pull yourself onto the surface by sliding forward on the ice. Rolling away from the area is encouraged as it will distribute your weight to help avoid breaking through again.

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