Spring flood warnings spark alerts for anyone around water
MUSKOKA — The never-ending winter is giving way to the annual spring water warnings.
Fist off is ice — and everyone from police to the MNR and fire departments are issuing serious warnings to be careful around lakes, rivers, streams and ponds.
And if possible to avoid them in all circumstances — for a few weeks now.
And while there may still be up to a metre of thick ice on large lakes, smaller water bodies are melting fast with warming temperatures.
Fast-flowing water brings flood dangers.
For more information, check the Ministry of Natural Resources’ home page for the latest updates.
Search mnr flood warnings. Also check town websites for local precautions.
The OPP in Central Region are warning the public to exercise extreme caution near any bodies of water that presently have ice on them.
They add that with the mild weather over the past few days and rain in the forecast, ice conditions are literally changing hourly and what appears to be frozen could in fact be ice that is not capable of supporting any weight at all.
Chief Superintendent John Tod, Regional Commander of the OPP Central Region is reminding parents to “speak to your children and remind them of the dangers that come with melting ice and the Spring runoff. Not only does the ice become unsafe, but banks along all bodies of water, whether big or small, can become weakened and can pose a threat to people of all ages and pets too.”
The advice of the OPP remains very simple “No Ice is Safe Ice”. Please follow this very important public safety message as any ice related rescue has the potential to put the lives of many first responders at great risk.
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