Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

March 01, 2007 16:36 ET

DFO/Notice of Public Interest: Spring Icebreaking at Repentigny, and on L'assomption, Des Prairies, Mille-iles and Chateauguay Rivers

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 1, 2007) - The Canadian Coast Guard notifies the residents of Repentigny and those living along the shore of the L'Assomption, des Prairies, Mille-Iles and Chateauguay Rivers that spring icebreaking operations will begin on or about March 8, 2007.

The purpose of this yearly operation is to dislodge ice at the mouths of the tributaries in order to prevent ice jams and the flooding that can result from the spring break-up. The operation will be carried out by Coast Guard hovercraft.

Owners of facilities on the ice should move them safely ashore. The 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 real danger for anyone in the area of the Coast Guard vessel.

The hovercraft of the Coast Guard is an air-cushion vehicle whose engines produce a noise similar to an aircraft.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Pascale Fortin
    Communications Advisor
    418-649-6297