Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

March 09, 2010 16:37 ET

Notice of Public Interest: Spring Icebreaking at Repentigny, and on L’Assomption, Des-Prairies, Mille-Iles and Chateauguay Rivers

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 9, 2010) - The Canadian Coast Guard notifies the residents of Repentigny and those living along the shore of the L'Assomption, Prairies, Mille-Îles and Châteauguay Rivers that spring icebreaking operations will begin on or about March 9, 2010.

The purpose of this yearly operation is to dislodge ice at the entrance of the tributaries in order to prevent ice jams and flooding that can result from the spring break-up.

Owners of facilities on the ice should move them safely ashore. The Canadian Coast Guard strongly recommends that pedestrians, fishers and snowmobilers leave the ice when they see the hovercraft in the immediate vicinity. The ice may move, and this may create a danger for anyone in the area of the Canadian Coast Guard vessel.

The operation will be carried out by the Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft ACV Mamilossa, an air-cushion vehicle whose engines produce a noise similar to an aircraft.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Quebec Region
    Nathalie Letendre, Communications Advisor