Be wary of melting ice and fast flowing water: OPP

Ontario Provincial Police press release

PETERBOROUGH COUNTY– With the current streak of warm weather across Central Ontario and temperatures forecast in the double digits next week, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are advising all residents to be aware of hazardous ice surfaces and open water.

As spring rapidly approaches we also see water levels rise with creek and river banks becoming unstable due to the melting snow runoff and fast moving very cold water.

Residents should be aware of the dangers present around lakes, rivers and creeks and to be mindful of children who may be curious and venture too close to these potentially dangerous areas of unstable ice and open water.

The Provincial Police strongly urge parents to take the time to properly educate their children of the dangers of spring runoff conditions.

Furthermore, the OPP wish to remind snowmobilers and other ice going adventurers to check before travelling on or across any of our lakes and rivers.

Be sure to plan ahead, stop to be sure and proceed only if it’s safe to do so.

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