Brandon Fire & Emergency Services Issue Thin Ice Caution

February 8, 2022

Brandon, MB – With the public’s safety and the safety of all emergency response personnel top of mind, Brandon Fire & Emergency Services is asking members of the public to be extremely cautious when on or around the Assiniboine River and all bodies of water.

On January 21, 2022, the Province of Manitoba advised that they increased outflow from the Shellmouth Reservoir, as part of their normal winter operations.  

Water levels have increased 3-4 feet over the last week and as temperatures continue to fluctuate, ice surfaces can become increasingly unstable and fragile. There have been confirmed reports of thin ice from our residents in some areas.  

Particular attention should be paid by parents of young children, whose youngsters may still be learning about the dangers of ice safety, anyone who exercises their pets near the Assiniboine River and recreational vehicle users who traditionally access the river surface during the winter months. Falling into ice-cold water can be deadly. 

For more water safety tips, visit the Government of Manitoba website