East River ice unpredictable, police say

Amanda Jess
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NEW GLASGOW – New Glasgow Police are warning people to stay off the ice on the East River.


Const. Ken MacDonald says it can be very unpredictable for a number of reasons.

Temperature fluctuations throughout the season can affect the thickness of ice. Tides can also throw it off.

There are a few particularly dangerous sections, such as by Glasgow Square where salt water and fresh water begin to mesh.

Another area is by the George Street Bridge. MacDonald says this area is never safe due to the road salt that can run off into the river.

They’ve had injuries and fatalities in the past, MacDonald says, and the dangers are “astronomical.”

The ice must be 15 cm thick for a single person, 20 cm for a group and 25 cm for a snowmobile. 

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