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Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw is seen breaking ice in this illustration of a Coast Guard photo by Ensign Guillermo Colom. Click the image for video of the Mackinaw during ice breaking operations.
Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw breaking ice in this illustration of a Coast Guard photo by Ensign Guillermo Colom. Click the image to watch a video of ice breaking operations aboard the Mackinaw.

While last weekend may have marked the official beginning of Spring, the Coast Guard finds itself operating in a bevy of different weather conditions across the United States.

Winter isn’t over on the St. Clair River
Yesterday, the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards announced a restriction of vessel traffic on the upper St. Clair River including a moratorium on all vessel traffic in the area of Lake Huron where an ice bridge has formed. Three cutters – the Mackinaw, Biscayne Bay and Bristol Bay, have been deployed along with the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon to perform ice breaking operations aimed at restoring river flow. Click here for more. 

Guardians talk to residents while conducting welfare checks in a flooded neighborhood along the Red River in North Dakota. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tom Atkeson)
Guardians talk to residents while conducting welfare checks in a flooded neighborhood along the Red River in North Dakota. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tom Atkeson)

Spring rains flood Red River
Last spring, the Red River was the scene of record flooding requiring an all-hands effort by Guardians in the Coast Guard’s Eight District (D8). In fact, several of the 2009 Red River rescues were nominees for our Video of the Year contest right here on Coast Guard Compass. We’ve been fortunate this spring with only 14 people (and one dog) requiring rescue thus far, but the men and women of D8 are ready for anything the spring rains may throw at them in the weeks ahead. Click here for more.

Paddle Smart Sticker (U.S. Coast Guard image) Click on the image to view a public service announcement on the Paddle Smart Sticker.
Paddle Smart Sticker (U.S. Coast Guard image) Click on the image to view a public service announcement on the Paddle Smart Sticker.

Pacific Area prepares for boating season
If you live out on the west coast, the odds are your thoughts have already turned to preparing for the long summer boating season. This week, Coast Guard Pacific Area is launching a new paddle boat identification sticker program called Operation Paddle Smart intended to return property, reduce the number of Coast Guard resources spent on unnecessary search and rescue cases, and foster voluntary small craft owner assistance. Click here for more.

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