QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 4, 2011) - The Canadian Coast Guard notifies the residents of Repentigny and those living along the shore of the L'Assomption, Des-Prairies, Mille-Îles and Châteauguay Rivers that spring icebreaking operations will begin on or about March 7, 2011.

The purpose of this yearly operation is to dislodge ice at the entrance of the tributaries in order to prevent ice jams and flooding that can result from the spring breakup. The operation will be carried out by the Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft ACV Mamilossa, an air-cushion vehicle whose engines produce a noise similar to an aircraft.

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

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