February 22, 2017
PROVINCE ADVISES RIVER USERS TO BE AWARE AS ICE CUTTERS,
AMPHIBEX ICEBREAKERS BEGIN WORK ON THE NORTH RED RIVER
Manitoba Infrastructure reminds river users to observe warning signs and stay clear of equipment as ice-cutting machines and icebreakers take to the north Red River between Netley Creek and Netley Lake north of Selkirk starting today.
Safety notices have been posted in areas where the Amphibex machines will be working as a reminder for ice fishers, snowmobilers and other river users. Ice fishers should remove huts or other material in the areas covered by the ice-mitigation program. Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts are advised to stay off the ice where notices are posted or where recent ice cutting is apparent.
The ice-jam mitigation program focuses on sections of the north Red River with a history of ice-jam related flooding. The equipment is operated and maintained by North Red Waterway Maintenance Inc., a corporation formed by the rural municipalities of St. Andrews, St. Clements and the City of Selkirk. The Amphibex fleet crushes more than 25 kilometres of river ice annually.
As usual it is that time of year and ice breaking will begin shortly. With all the warm weather and rain as of late the ice on rivers , creeks and ditches have also become unpredictable so if you are venturing out either on quad or sled please use caution .
Thanks Sandhogs Exec.