Advisory: Controlled Release of Water at Burnt Dam and Star Lake; Potential Release at Additional Sites

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that the Company is currently releasing water at the following locations:

  • in the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland at Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River; and
  • the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Red Indian Lake.

High inflows resulting from snow melt and heavy rainfall could lead to a need to release water at other locations. The Company may be required to release water at the following locations:

  • the Hinds Lake Spillway through Hinds Lake Brook into Grand Lake;
  • the North Salmon Dam spillway into the North Salmon River; and
  • in the 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.

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