FREDERICTON - A floating island is no longer a hazard for boaters near Fredericton.
A chunk of land, measuring about five metres by 15 metres, had broken away and was floating in a body of water - known as The Arm - that feeds into the headpond of the Mactaquac Dam on the St. John River.
Crews from NB Power hauled the debris to shore and used heavy equipment to remove it today.
Utility spokeswoman Heather MacLean says there are a number of safety measures at the dam, and she doesn't think the reed-covered mass would have posed a hazard to the facility.
She says officials knew the floating chunk of land was a hazard to boaters and thought removing it was the right thing to do.
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