— It’s still winter but there’s a sign that spring is around the corner: The Coast Guard is ready to bring ice-breaking operations on the Kennebec River.

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Bob Albert said today that people should remove their ice shacks and fishing gear as soon as possible.

Starting on Monday, the Coast Guard will break ice from Merrymeeting Bay to Gardiner to reduce the risk of ice jams and flooding as snow and ice begin to melt.

The 65-foot Portland-based Shackle, 65-foot Rockland-based Tackle and 65-foot Southwest Harbor-based Bridle will participate in the operation.