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OPG reminds public to avoid dams this long weekend

Icy conditions near rivers and dams can change quickly

February 12, 2021  by CM Staff

OPG’s Limerick Island Control Dam on the Ottawa River at Chenaux Generating Station. (CNW Group/Ontario Power Generation Inc.)

TORONTO — Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is reminding the public that the COVID-19 virus continues to affect Ontario residents. Please practice physical distancing when outdoors Family Day weekend to help contain the spread.

“Family Day weekend is always a special time to get outdoors with your immediate family to enjoy winter in Ontario,” said Nicolle Butcher, OPG’s Senior Vice-President of Renewable Generation, in a prepared statement. “However, please remember to physically distance when outdoors in order to control the spread of the virus. We also remind the pubic that water levels can change quickly and without warning during the winter months, making ice conditions unpredictable and potentially dangerous. Please respect the signs and barriers around hydropower facilities. They are there for your safety.”

Ice forming near OPG dams and stations is often much thinner than ice elsewhere due to the changing flows and water conditions. This ice is not safe for winter activities such as fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or skating. The areas near OPG dams and hydroelectric stations have warning signs, buoys, fences, booms and barriers to warn people of the dangers of coming too close.

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