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Rochester Public Works: ice is not safe

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- Sure, it's been cold lately, but even though lakes and ponds appear to be frozen over and safe to be on, Rochester Public Works warns they are anything but.

Public Works says the ice on local rivers and storm water management ponds is not safe.

The DNR advises people to stay off any ice that is less than two inches thick.

In fact, it takes four inches of new clear ice to support foot travel.

Before crossing ice, the DNR says to test the thickness first with an ice chisel, auger or even a cordless drill.

The DNR also recommends wearing a life vest under your coat.

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