City temporarily closes playa lakes due to thin ice - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

City temporarily closes playa lakes due to thin ice

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Posted By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The following is a statement from the City of Lubbock, which comes after police have been asked repeatedly to stop people from walking and playing on playa lake ice. But officials including the Lubbock Fire Marshal warn that it's thin ice and very dangerous.

The City of Lubbock Parks and Recreation Department is temporarily closing all City playa lakes until further notice due to the dangers posed by potentially thin ice.  The City is asking everyone to stay away from frozen playa lakes, especially with fluctuating temperatures expected over the next few days.  Those temperature changes can cause cracks in the ice and weaken it without being noticeable.  Also, the presence of ice on a lake does not guarantee that the ice is strong enough to support the weight of a person.  Falling in the cold water places you in danger of hypothermia, which can happen in a matter of minutes.

Section 19-9 of the City's Code of Ordinances allows the temporary closure of public parks or in this case, a portion of a public park when necessitated by reason of public health and safety. 

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