The Province's annual ice-cutting work is underway this week in an effort to prevent ice jam flooding in the spring.

The amphibex machine started breaking ice on the Red River north of Selkirk this week.

Ice cutting began on Sunday, with the amphibex machine starting work on Monday.

The machines were on the Red River near Netley Creek Tuesday. Ice cutting and scoring will continue all the way to Netley Lake, about 50 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

The ice breaking operation started a year earlier than normal this year, but crews expect to wrap up in mid-March as usual.

Ice fishers are being asked to remove their huts from the ice; the public is asked to keep off areas where work is being done.

Notices have been posted in the regions where machines will work.