Warmer weekend weather in the north means faster, higher water

    OPP and OPG advise caution on northern rivers and lakes

    TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Ontario
Power Generation (OPG) are reminding people to use extreme care around
northern Ontario waterways, particularly on rivers and lakes that are near
hydroelectric stations and dams.
    Weather forecasts call for warm temperatures and rain across the north
this weekend. This, combined with the annual freshet or run off, could make
waterways run faster than usual.
    Hydroelectric facilities are often remotely controlled to generate
electricity as needed. This causes frequent and rapid changes in the water
flow and levels often creating strong undertows, turbulence and sudden,
powerful surges of water moving downstream in what was once calm looking
surface water.
    All waterways where an OPG dam or hydroelectric station is located have
well-positioned warning signs, buoys, fences, booms and barriers.
    OPG offers the public a number of educational materials on water safety
around dams and hydroelectric stations including a brochure, a DVD for adults
and an educational interactive computer game for children. The OPP and OPG
also have a television ad that warns people to stay clear, and stay safe near
hydroelectric dams and stations. You can view the ad, or request free
educational materials by visiting www.opg.com

    Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is celebrating its 10th year of serving
the province. Building on a proud history, OPG provides the people and
industry of Ontario with clean, safe and reliable electricity - just as it's
always done.

For further information:

For further information: OPG MEDIA CONTACT, Media Desk, 1-877-592-4008
or (416) 592-4008; OPP MEDIA CONTACT, Sgt Dave Moffatt, Marine Programs,
Ontario Provincial Police, Off: (705) 329-6125, Cell: (705) 644-1097

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