February 25, 2015 – Montreal, Quebec
The Canadian Coast Guard is notifying residents and 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 around March 2, 2015. The date is only an indication, as activities could begin before or after that period, depending on operational requirements or prevailing weather conditions.
The purpose of this annual operation is to break up the ice at the mouth of the river’s tributaries in order to prevent ice jams and flooding that may result from the spring thaw.
Owners of facilities or equipment on the ice should move them safely ashore. The Canadian Coast Guard strongly recommends that pedestrians, fishermen and snowmobilers leave the ice when they see an icebreaker in the vicinity. The ice may move, creating a real danger for anyone in the area of a Canadian Coast Guard unit.
The operation will be carried out by a Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft, either the CCGS Mamilossa or the CCGS Sipu Muin, an air-cushioned vehicle with engines that produce a noise similar to those of an aircraft.
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For more information:
Regional Communications Branch
Fisheries and Oceans Canada