Thin Ice signs started to appear at Red Deer city parks Monday

Thin Ice signs started to appear at Red Deer city parks Monday

Residents warned to stay off ice

The City of Red Deer is asking residents to stay off the ice on ponds, rivers and other water bodies until further notice.

The City of Red Deer is asking residents to stay off the ice on ponds, rivers and other water bodies until further notice.

Heavy snowfalls have created an extreme load on the ice, causing extensive cracking and concealing unfrozen areas.

The snow accumulation may also slow the process of ice formation.

Residents are asked to obey signs and barricades, which have been placed in unsafe areas.

City crews are clearing snow where safe on Bower Ponds.

Ice surfaces at Anders on the Lake and Westlake will be cleared when conditions permit.

The City of Lacombe is also asking residents to stay off storm water ponds in the area.

Parks staff will measure the ice thickness on a weekly basis until the ice reaches a 20-cm thickness before people will be allowed access.

Residents are also asked to stay off Cranna Lake, Royal Oak and Iron Wolf Storm Ponds, as well as Les Walker Pond, until further notice.

Vehicles are not permitted on the ice. Small, push-model snow blowers are allowed.

Users of the Iron Wolf storm water pond assume all risk and maintenance responsibilities for the ice.