Advisory: Update on Controlled Water Releases in Central Newfoundland

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that due to high reservoir levels resulting from recent rain and mild temperatures, the company is currently conducting controlled releases of water at the following locations:

  • The Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland at Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River;
  • The Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam spillway into the North Salmon River.

Additionally, due to forecasted rain and mild temperatures, the Company is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that it may be required to release water at the following locations. Releases may begin at any time in the coming days:

  • The Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • The Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland at the Granite Canal Bypass structure and at the Granite Overflow Dykes into Grey River. Releases at the Granite Canal Spillway or 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.