October 8, 2008

St. Andrews Lock and Dam, Lockport, Manitoba: Closing Date for 2008 Navigation Season

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2008) - St. Andrews Lock and Dam will be closed to marine vessels at midnight Tuesday, October 14, 2008, for the season. Navigation through the lock will be discontinued on this date, and reopen in spring 2009.

Weather permitting, we will begin raising the dam's control curtains at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2008. From this date, water levels of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, in the vicinity of the City of Winnipeg and north to Lockport, will be lowered gradually over a two week period as the dam is removed. Should winter conditions set in, the dam will be completely removed as required.

Owners of vessels, barges and all property on the Red and Assiniboine Rivers and their tributaries are hereby notified to protect their property.

The gated areas below the dam, used for shore fishing, may be closed due to high turbulent waters and dangerous currents, inclement weather or operational requirements. Once closed, these areas will remain closed until spring 2009.

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