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Sheriff urges caution on frozen lakes


To the Editor:

Lapeer County Sheriff Ron Kalanquin would like to warn residents that ice on rivers, ponds and lakes is to be considered unsafe. The sheriff urges extreme caution when traveling onto any frozen surfaces.

According to the Michigan DNR, clear ice that has a bluish tint is the strongest, while ice formed by melted and refrozen snow that appears milky is typically very porous and weak. Ice covered by snow should always be presumed unsafe. Snow acts like an insulating blanket and slows the freezing process. Ice under the snow will be thinner and weaker than surrounding ice that has been tested.

If there is slush on the ice, stay off. Slush ice is only about half as strong as clear ice and indicates the ice is no longer freezing from the bottom.

Sheriff Kalanquin warns that with the warming temperatures we are now experiencing during the day and refreezing at night, the ice becomes very unsafe. All residents are urged to be safe and cautious when encountering any water or frozen surface.

—The Lapeer County

Sheriff's Office


March 09, 2010

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