Public Safety Advisory – Vandalism and Theft at Sunnyside Terminal Station

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) has reported an act of vandalism and theft at the Sunnyside Terminal Station in Sunnyside, Newfoundland to the RCMP.

Vandals recently broke into the terminal station by cutting the lock on the gate and stole copper grounding wire connected to energized high voltage electrical equipment.

This type of activity is concerning and very dangerous. It creates serious safety risks not only for the vandals, but for Hydro employees, contractors, and to the general public.

Electrical grounding is important because it drains away unwanted buildup of electrical charge and keeps energy at a constant voltage – reducing the risk of electrical shock.

It also minimizes the susceptibility of equipment to interference; reduces the risk of equipment damage due to lightning; eliminates electrostatic buildup that can damage system components; and helps protect personnel who service and repair electrical equipment.

The danger associated with unauthorized entry and damage to electrical equipment, structures and facilities cannot be understated. Contact with exposed high-voltage equipment can result in serious injury or death.

Hydro personnel are working closely with the RCMP on this matter and people are urged to come forward if they ever witness suspicious activity near our equipment and facilities. In addition, people are reminded to obey all signs and warnings around Hydro facilities and equipment.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers in the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland that there is no longer the potential to release water at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure or at the Granite Overflow Dykes along the Burnt Dam access road into Grey River at this time.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is also advising residents, cabin owners and travelers that due to high water levels and flows from spring runoff, the company is continuing to release water in the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland 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.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers that controlled spill is no longer occurring at:

  • Burnt Pond and White Bear River area of Central and Southern Newfoundland through the Burnt Dam Spillway.

Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers that due to high water levels and flows from spring runoff, the company is currently releasing water in:

  • the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake.

In addition, Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers in the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland that the company may be required to release water at:

  • the Granite Canal Bypass Structure or at the Granite Overflow Dykes along the Burnt Dam access road into Grey River.

Releases at the overflow dykes may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off. Releases may begin at any time in the coming days.

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