In view of freezing temperatures, the German Life Saving Society (DLRG) warns against entering ice surfaces - even in flood areas. “The ice on lakes and ponds is usually not yet stable,” said Alexander Paffrath. According to the association's head of operations, there may be a risk to one's life if one ventures onto the ice. This also applies to flooded areas.
“Currents and turbulences ensure that the ice layer only grows slowly in many places,” said Paffrath. Shrubs and bushes surrounded by ice also led to a reduced carrying capacity. Water draining under the frozen surface creates cavities, which further increases the risk of collapse, warned the rescue association with headquarters in Bad Nenndorf in Lower Saxony.
According to the DLRG, the areas are sometimes large and therefore difficult to access for emergency services. “Anyone who needs help probably has little chance of being saved,” warned Paffrath.