Rushville Republican


January 28, 2013

Ponds, lakes and rivers pose frozen danger

RUSHVILLE — In spite of recent sub-freezing temperatures, public safety officials are urging caution when near or on area waterways such as ponds, lakes and rivers.

Cold weather may lull some individuals, especially children, into a false sense of security regarding recreational opportunities such as ice skating, ice fishing and even walking out on the aforementioned waterways.

The extended forecast is for continued sub-freezing temperatures to remain in place during the coming days, with additional measurable snow by week’s end.

A concern of local responders is that although a waterway may appear to be solid and frozen it may really just be a thin layer of ice unable to sustain the weight of a person or persons.

Even a slight warming can diminish the thickness of ice. Frozen ponds and waterways should never be considered 100 percent safe, even following extended periods of below freezing temperatures.

The obvious danger of falling through the ice is drowning, but hypothermia is another real danger to those who are able to free themselves from the icy water.

There are many factors which effect the quality and the strength of ice as it forms.

Prolonged sub-freezing temperatures form a thick layer of solid ice; however, safe ice does not form as quickly or as solidly over moving water and over underwater springs.

Solid ice also does not form near surface obstructions such as rocks or tree stumps.

Temperature fluctuations can also form pockets and soft spots in the ice that may appear solid, but are not.

It is important to note that ice does not form at a consistent thickness on the same body of water. As a safety measure, the thickness should be checked frequently at different locations. A spud bar or auger are recommended items to check the thickness of ice.

Winter water enthusiasts should be very suspicious of grayish or green ice. These colors generally mean the ice is weak and unable to sustain weight. Ice that is bluish in color is generally considered to be the strongest.

A rule of thumb is that four inches of “good ice” is usually safe to skate or fish on; however, in order to sustain the weight of a snowmobile, six inches of solid ice is the minimum required.

Common sense should also be used and children should always be supervised when on ice.

It is also recommended that someone be informed of your whereabouts and when you expect to return from ice-related activities.

If you witnesses someone fall through the ice it is important to not run up to them. Instead, find something to extend to them such as a rope, ladder or cord. The item can then be used to pull the person to safety.

If you fall through the ice you should try not to panic. Turn toward the direction you came from, put your arms over the ice which you just fell through, and work your way forward by kicking your feet.

Once you are out of the water do not attempt to stand; roll away from the hole. By using this technique you can distribute your weight over a larger surface until you are again on solid ice.

As a safe alternative to fun on ice, the Rushville Parke Department has constructed an ice skating rink on the stage of the Riverside Park Amphitheater.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106


Text Only
  • Briefs ObituariesMary Jane Howard, 91Nancy L. Sefton King, 76Verdia Merritt, 82Stella T. Sampson, 93Thanks!The Rushville Republican thanks the following persons for their subscription to and support of this newspaper:Ivan WooleyBettie MohrAssessor newsThe R

    August 22, 2014

  • Pendleton author releases debut fantasy novel PENDLETON — In the nationwide release of “The Keeper of Edelyndia,” the first in author Benjamin J. Denen’s trilogy, Orron and Draedon find themselves in a struggle for justice, love and faith. They also realized that they are fighting for what is tr

    August 22, 2014

  • Field Day event announced A forestry field day will be held on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in northeastern Rush County. The event will take place at the Forgey tree plantation property located across from the Fairview Cemetery on C.R. 500 N between C.R. 700 and 800 E, Rush Count

    August 22, 2014

  • 1 fd higgins accident 082214 pic Foggy decision leads to injury accident One motorist’s decision to pass a tractor trailer on a foggy SR 3 Tuesday morning resulted in three vehicles sustaining extensive damage and two of the drivers being transported to Rush Memorial Hospital as a result of their injuries.According to inv

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-rv082214-ALS pic ALS Ice Bucket Challenge sweeping nation Many citizens in Rush County are participating in a challenge that is sweeping the nation.The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken over the United States. People of all ages are participating in the challenge which is to help raise awareness and money

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 1 fd lion football 082214 pic2 Lions ready to roar into football season The 2014 Rushville Consolidated High School football team officially kicks off the season at 7 p.m. Friday, when the Lions host Milan at Hinshaw Field.This year’s team returns few seniors, a host of underclassmen and boast a new head coach Scott McMu

    August 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Blotter Rushville Police Department8/18/149:55 a.m.: Accident reported in the 300 block of East Sixth Street.4:49 p.m.: Illegal soliciting reported in the 1200 block of Waggoner Street.4:58 p.m.: Battery reported in the 400 block of North Perkins Street.8/19

    August 22, 2014

  • nws-rv082214-homes for our troop pic Homes for Our Troops to build home in Milroy Homes for Our Troops is going to be building a new specially adapted home for wounded Army SPC Jacob Lyerla in Milroy.The Rush County community is invited to join local community members at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for SPC Lyerla at 11 a.m. on Sep

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws rv 081914 workcamp pic Workcamp still accepting applications for repairs The Group Workcamp Foundation is still accepting applications for home repairs for the 2015 summer season.During one week in the summer of 2015, hundreds of teenagers and adults will come to Rush County to perform minor home repairs for the elderly,

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-rv081914-guffey guilty pic Jury convicts Arlington man of aggravated battery Following a three day trial in the Rush Circuit Court, the jury found William P. Guffey, 44, of Arlington, guilty of aggravated battery, a Class B felony, battery on a law enforcement officer, a Class D felony, resisting law enforcement, a Class D fe

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
AP Video
US: We Do Not Pay Ransom to Terrorists Ferguson Teachers Training to Deal With Trauma Jon Hamm on the Unrest in Ferguson Tit for Tat? McDonald's Shuttered in Moscow Life on the Professional Video Game Circuit TX Gov Perry in Washington: 'Confident' in Case Hospital Releases Two Missionaries Who Had Ebola Ramen Health Risks: The Dark Side of the Noodle NYC Doctor-in-chief Seeks Community Approach Indonesian Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters Raw: Shots Fired in Liberian Shantytown DOJ, Bank of America Reach Record Settlement Raw: Cubavision Airs Images of Fidel Castro Raw: Grief After Deadly Airstrikes in Gaza Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Kathy Griffin Challenges Minaj to 'a Booty Off' Johnson: Six Arrests, No Tear Gas in Ferguson Raw: Rescue, Relief Efforts at Japan Landslide Cadavers, a Teen, and a Medical School Dream California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.