Public asked to stay away from the Assiniboine River and all bodies of water
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With the public's safety and the safety of all emergency response personnel in mind, the City of Brandon is asking the public to stay off and away from the Assiniboine River and all bodies of water as the spring melt progresses and open areas of water become more prevalent.
As warmer temperatures arrive, thin ice or pockets of open water are beginning to form on the river and other Brandon waterways, including drainage ditches, culverts, and retention ponds. As the melt progresses, such ice surfaces become increasingly thin and fragile, and falling into ice-cold water can be deadly.
Particular attention should be paid by parents of young children, whose youngsters may still be learning about the dangers of open waterways, or by recreational vehicle users who traditionally access the river surface during the winter months.
The City of Brandon also advises anyone who frequents the Assiniboine River Corridor area to use extreme caution when walking close to the river and always keep a close eye on their pet.