Vegreville, Alberta, March 13, 2019 – The Town of Vegreville is urging its citizens to be extremely cautious of the water bodies in and around Vegreville. With the upcoming warming temperatures, ice conditions on the river, Elks Pond and South Reservoir, can change rapidly putting people at risk.
“Thankfully we have not had any significant ice related incidents in the past few years, and we would like to keep it that way,” said Fire Chief/OHS Manager Phil Rowe. “Walking on and operating any vehicle, including a snowmobile or ATV on the ice could be a life-threatening risk." The warming temperatures will also be melting ground cover snow and sending it to the river. This water creates a hazardous condition on the river, even if the river looks low. “Don’t find yourself on thin ice!” stated Rowe. This is for all surrounding water bodies including those that people are venturing out to snowmobile and ice fishing.
Parents and caregivers should teach children to stay away from thin ice and they should closely supervise children when they are near any body of water including rivers and ponds. Animal owners should keep their pet on a leash this time of year and remember not to put their safety in jeopardy by walking on thin ice to retrieve a pet.
Contact: Fire Chief Phil Rowe, Director of Emergency Management
Town of Vegreville