QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2011) - The Canadian Coast Guard wishes to inform people living east of the Laviolette Bridge in Trois-Rivières 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, Bécancour and Gentilly areas on or around February 22nd, 2011.

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 Des Groseilliers and the Canadian Coast Guard hovercrafts Mamilossa 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 Des Groseilliers has a red hull with a transverse white band and a white funnel bearing a maple leaf. The Mamilossa and the Sipu Muin are air-cushion vehicles whose engines produce a noise similar to an aircraft.

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Contact Information: Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region
Nathalie Letendre
Communications Advisor