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Thin ice causing concern on Iowa Great Lakes


SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KTIV)- The bitter cold has driven fishermen out on the ice of frozen lakes, and ponds. But, that's sparking safety concerns.

Concerns about ice safety surfaced this weekend after a jeep went through ice at Spirit Lake, Iowa. Because of the close proximity to this weekend's University of Okoboji Winter Games, DNR officers say something like a vehicle going through the ice should raise concerns. "You can't just take anything for granted out there for the ice," said Jeff Morrison, Iowa DNR. "Ultimately the only way to guarantee you're not going to go through the ice is to stay off the ice."

Morrison says there are things to remember when going out on the ice. For example... don't venture out on your own, or to drive under bridges, because there is usually thin ice there. He says people can be a good indicator of where ice is good. "If there's a number of people there there's probably a degree of safety in that ice," said Morrison. "And, it's probably okay to be there but if you go out in a place where you don't see any people it's likely good reason why nobody else is out there."

Morrison says there hasn't been any major changes to ice conditions.

The Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce does say they've been over areas for the games, and they believe those areas will be safe. But, they recommend parking on land because more vehicles on the ice causes concern to grow.

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