Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

March 09, 2011 15:41 ET

Notice of Public Interest: Spring Icebreaking on Lake St-Louis

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 9, 2011) - The Canadian Coast Guard would like to notify local residents and all those using the shores of Lake St. Louis that it intends to begin spring icebreaking operations at the entrance of the St. Lawrence Seaway, on the north and south shores of the Lake and in Bay Des Cascades, on or about March 14, 2011.

The purpose of this yearly operation is to dislodge the ice at the mouth of the river's tributaries in order to prevent ice jams and flooding that may result from the spring breakup. The operation will be carried out by the icebreaker CCGS Tracy and by a Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft. CCGS Tracy has a red hull with a transverse white band and a white funnel bearing a maple leaf. A hovercraft is an air cushion vehicle whose engines produce a noise similar to an aircraft.

The Canadian Coast Guard strongly recommends that pedestrians, fishers and snowmobilers leave the ice when they see the icebreaker in the vicinity. The ice may move and this may create a real danger for anyone in the area of the Canadian Coast Guard units.

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