Rideau River ice breaking set to begin February 11

Ice breaking operations on the Rideau River will begin February 11 between Rideau Falls and Hog’s Back. Blasting will follow starting on March 2. All operations will take place weather and ice conditions permitting.

The City, in partnership with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, undertakes ice breaking operations each year to alleviate possible spring flooding in flood-prone areas. Once started, these operations will be carried out daily.

Ice breaking operations will create open water. Residents are asked to remain a reasonable distance from the river until operations are completed, and to supervise children around water.

For more information, please call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

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