Ice cutting is scheduled to begin on the Red River north of Selkirk, Man. on Sunday, the province said in a news release.

The effort is part of an initiative to prevent ice-jam flooding, and those around the river are asked to stay clear of ice cutting equipment. The Amphibex machines will take to the river Monday. 

The ice-cutting machines will be on the Red River in the area between Netley Creek and Netley Lake, cutting and scoring the ice to help enable ice movement and reduce ice jamming, the press release says.

Ice fishers, those who drive snowmobiles and others who may be on or around the river may notice signs that have been posted to warn of where the ice cutting machines will be working.

The province is asking people to stay off the ice where those notices are posted.