Advisory: Water released into North Salmon River; additional locations likely

August 31st, 2021

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that a controlled water release is currently ongoing in Upper Salmon area of central Newfoundland. Hydro is continuing to release water from the North Salmon Dam spillway into the North Salmon River. People are advised to use this area with great caution as water levels and flows are higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

Additionally, the company is advising that due to significant forecasted rainfall there is potential for additional water releases at multiple locations in the coming days:

  • In the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of central and southern Newfoundland, Hydro may begin to release water at its Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River.
  • In the Granite Canal area accessed from central Newfoundland, Hydro may begin to release water at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure, the Granite Canal Spillway and the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River. Releases at the spillway or overflow dykes may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off.

People should use these areas with great caution as water releases could begin at any time, resulting in higher than normal water levels and flows.

Please be aware and check for the latest advisories.

Media Contact:

Jill Pitcher
Senior Communications Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
t. 709.737.1219 / c. 709.689.9938 e.