With the recent warm temperatures and arrival of spring, the City of Red Deer is reminding residents that ice and water conditions on community ponds, creeks and the river can be hazardous.
In a media release issued Thursday, the city stated that residents should take “extreme caution” when using these spaces and nearby trails.
“As springtime melt increases upstream, water levels can fluctuate rapidly, and sections of waterways can be at risk of localized flooding,” the media release states.
“As such, any body of water can pose a serious risk to people and pets. Residents are asked to please obey signs and barricades, which have been placed in unsafe areas. It is also recommended to keep pets close to ensure their safety.”
These conditions can exist well into the early summer months, and caution should be taken even after the last traces of snow melt away.