Residents warned to stay off Saginaw Bay ice - WNEM TV 5

Residents warned to stay off Saginaw Bay ice

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Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock

The Coast Guard is scheduled to start ice-breaking operations in the Saginaw Bay area starting Friday, January 4.

The Coast Guard is advising Saginaw area residents that they will be inbound the Saginaw Bay shipping channel to conduct ice breaking operations.  

<<Click to see hazards in the lake ice poking through<<

The estimated time of arrival for the Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock, a 225-foot Seagoing Buoy Tender homeported in Port Huron, Mich., is between early afternoon and late evening Friday.  

Any ice in this area should be considered unsafe and the Coast Guard advises everyone to stay clear. 

The U.S. Coast Guard says it has also started seasonal ice-breaking operations in the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair and Detroit River systems, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

The effort called "Operation Coal Shovel" began Thursday and also includes the Canadian Coast Guard.

Icebreakers from the U.S. and Canada work together to prevent ice jams in the waterways as conditions worsen throughout the winter.

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