Authorities concerned about ice conditions

Truck, multiple shacks went through the ice Wednesday

Leader Staff

Multiple ice shacks broke through the ice and went into the water Wednesday, the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department said, along with a pickup truck that also sank into Shawano Lake, prompting officials to issue new warnings about safety on the lake.

“We’re very concerned about deteriorating ice conditions,” Capt. Tom Tuma said.

Tuma did not have an exact number, but said there were reports of multiple shacks that went through the ice.

The sheriff’s department is warning that ice conditions have changed this passed week and that caution should be used because the ice cannot be trusted.

At about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, a truck towing an ice shack went through the ice. The driver, who was the only occupant, managed to get out safely and was not injured.

That incident was turned over to the Department of Natural Resources for further action.

The truck owner will have 30 days to remove the truck from the lake or face possible fines and penalties.