The Ottumwa Courier

January 3, 2014

Slideshow: Plow into pond

Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — It's not the best way to find a soft spot in the ice.

A City Parks Department snow plow was clearing off the "lighthouse island" lagoon Friday morning at Ottumwa Park. The idea was to plow a skating rink on the frozen pond.

Plow drivers said the ice covering the water was a half-foot thick. At least, for most of it.

"Over here, near the edge, it had been covered in snow, which insulated it, made it [weaker] than the rest of the ice," said Park Maintenance Supervisor Chris Cobler. "That's where he went through, and the plow got stuck ..."

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