Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

February 18, 2009 16:03 ET

Fisheries and Oceans Canada/Notice of Public Interest: Spring Icebreaking on Lake St. Pierre and Surrounding Areas

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2009) - The Canadian Coast Guard wishes to inform people living east of the Laviolette Bridge in Trois-Rivieres and on the shores of Lake St. Pierre, and persons using these areas, that spring icebreaking operations will begin on the north and south shores for the Lake St. Pierre, Becancour and Gentilly areas on or about Sunday, February 22nd, 2009.

The purpose of this yearly operation is to dislodge ice at the mouths of the tributaries in order to prevent ice jams and flooding that can result from the spring break-up. The icebreaker CCGS Martha L. Black and the Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft Waban-Aki and Sipu Muin will carry out the operation.

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

CCGS Martha L. Black has a red hull with a transverse white band and a white funnel bearing a maple leaf. The Waban-Aki and the Sipu Muin are air-cushion vehicles whose engines produce a noise similar to an aircraft.

Contact Information

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