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Frigid Weather Causes Ice to Cover Ohio River

CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (Josh Knight) -- We saw lots of ice along the Ohio River driving out to Chilo, but at the park near the boat ramp it actually goes all the way across.

The park officials tell me the river is just shy of a half mile across and the ice is close to 1 to 2 inches thick.  We've seen a lot of freezing over of ponds and lakes too around the tri-state and we wanted to find out if any of it is safe.

If you were wondering how strong this ice is earlier a barge ripped right through any ice in its way.  Clearly the 1" to 2 inches does not give much support.  In fact, we could hear creaking and cracking as the barge's wake came up toward the banks under the ice.

There have already been some ice rescues this year and we spoke with a member of Task Force One, a regional rescue team that helps in those situations.  He told us the fluctuations in temperature mean the ice is much weaker.  The average man needs about 6" of ice to support them.  He says even with these cold snaps it really just isn't enough.

Assistant Chief Turner told me the waters are likely around 40 degrees.  Even someone in the best condition will go unconscious in about 15 minutes. 

Less than a month ago a nine year old boy died after falling through ice not too far from here in Felicity.  It's a very important reminder that while it may look safe and tempting, we can really only enjoy it from a safe distance, on the banks.




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