UPDATE: Public Safety Advisory: Potential controlled water releases at various locations

Please note, the potential for releases in the areas listed below is now ended.

Central Newfoundland residents, cabin owners and travellers are advised that there is potential for further releases at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then into Beothuk Lake. People are advised to use the area with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

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Previous advisory, Mar. 25

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that mild temperatures and rainfall forecast for this weekend could lead to high reservoir inflows and a need to release water at the following locations:

  • Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of central and southern Newfoundland at Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River;
  • Granite Canal area accessed from central Newfoundland at the Granite Overflow Dykes into Grey River. Releases at the Granite overflow dykes may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off;
  • Upper Salmon area of central Newfoundland from North Salmon Dam spillway into the North Salmon River;
  • Jeddore Lake/Bay d’Espoir area in southern Newfoundland from the Salmon River Spillway into the Salmon River. Releases from the Salmon River Spillway will require the closure of the access road to the Upper Salmon Development which will prevent traffic from entering or leaving the area.

Additionally, Hydro advises residents, cabin owners and travellers in central Newfoundland that controlled releases of water are continuing at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

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Previous advisory, Mar. 18

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers in the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland that the company has stopped releasing water at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River. Further releases of water are not expected at this time.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is also advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that the company is continuing to release water at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake. People are advised to use the area with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

Additionally, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers to the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland that the potential for further controlled releases at the Granite Bypass Structure still exists, and could resume at any time in the coming days. People are advised to use the area with great caution as water levels and flows may be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.