Thursday, January 09, 2014

Ice Safety

In anticipation of abnormally high temperatures (which will result in runoff and ice melt)and a significant rain event this weekend, it is important to urge caution when engaged in recreational activites on the ice. Those ice skating or ice fishing should be certain the ice is strong enough to support the weight of those on it. Here are some tips: 1) never go on the ice alone 2) suggested equipment to have: a personal flotation device, an ice pick and a throw rope 3) ice on a static source is safer than ice over moving water With respect to the last statement, there will be proactive releases from Ashokan Reservoir starting today to maintain a void and reduce downstream flooding potential along the Lower Esopus. While an important measure to reduce flooding, it will cause ice to break up downstream of the reservoir.