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Concentrated Ice Breaking Effort on Kennebec River on Friday


January 28, 2010

8:00 PM


Safety Urged

The US Coast Guard will have three ice-breakers operating in the Kennebec River between Bath and Gardiner Friday beginning at approximately 9:30 am.

This concentrated effort will break up all ice from shore to shore in the main channel of the river. Any structures or equipment left on the ice will be destroyed. In addition, all those in the area observing the ice-breaking are warned to stay well back from the river.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources is working with the fishing community to make sure any fishing shacks still at risk are removed safely. The Maine Marine Patrol is overseeing safety on the river during the ice-breaking with support from the Maine Warden Service.

A mile-long ice jam is still in place north of Gardiner. The State of Maine has requested Coast Guard assistance in ice-breaking on Kennebec River downstream of Gardiner. This action will open the lower river, reducing the chance that the ice will jam up again if it breaks up and moves downstream.

Maine Emergency Management Agency joins the Coast Guard and Department of Marine Resources in urging all those along the river to stay out of harm's way.


Maine Dept. of Marine Resources, Bureau of Marine Patrol
Colonel Joseph Fessenden, 207-624-6550

Maine Emergency Management Agency
Lynette Miller or Rob McAleer, 207-624-4400

Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Warden Service
Deborah Turcotte, Spokesperson, 207-287-6008



Last update: 07/20/10