Floating excavator equipment deployed as Drummondville prepares for ice jams

Spring isn't here yet, but preparations for this year's flooding season are already under way.

A small boat with Hydro Quebec markings breaks ice along the Rivière Des Prairies near Papineau on January 17, 2007. The river his near flood stage, and the boat is used to break to ice jams near the bridge. (THE GAZETTE/ Pierre Obendrauf) Flood fears lessen: A small Hydro-Quebec icebreaker dislodges jam on Riviere des Prairies yesterday.

Preparations for this year’s flooding season are under way in the city of Drummondville, as ice breaking equipment is deployed to break-up ice jams on the Saint-François River.

Floating excavation equipment has already been put to work near the city’s hydro-electric dam and will then move to the dam at Hemmings Falls.

The equipment is then scheduled to be moved upstream to the sector between Hemmings Falls and De l’Aéroport Rd.

Civil protection authorities are reporting that at the moment, water levels on the Saint-François Chaudière, Outaouais and Saint Lawrence rivers are normal, as are those on Lac Saint-Pierre and Lake Champlain.

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