HC Police: Deep Freeze Coming So Stay Off the Ice

Jan 30, 2019
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

With a deep freeze due again this week, the Harvey Cedars Police Department is repeating its warning for people to stay off the ice on the bay.

The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly is calling for temperatures in the single digits overnight Wednesday and teens Thursday and Friday before a gradual warm-up starts for the weekend.

“It will definitely be cold enough to freeze a good part of the bay,” said Police Chief Robert Burnaford. “People might look at the ice and think it looks safe, but it isn’t. It could break apart very quickly and that could result in a life-threatening situation.”

Another problem associated with frigid temperatures is frozen pipes bursting, resulting in water leaks from homes. During a cold snap during the Thanksgiving holiday, the borough recorded 17 breaks occurring in outdoor shower pipes and indoor faucets. In each instance, public works crews were notified. They shut the water off and then notified the homeowners

During a cold snap on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the borough recorded one pipe burst.

“In November, people either forgot or did not yet winterize their homes,” said Burnaford. “It was well below freezing for two nights. As it got a little milder, the pipes expanded, and then they broke. Hopefully, by now everyone has their homes ready for winter.”

The department regularly puts out weather advisories on its Facebook page.  —E.E.



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