Update: Potential for controlled release of water at several locations on the island has ended

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers in the Star Lake, Burnt Pond, White Bear River, Granite Canal, and Upper Salmon areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland that the Company does not anticipate any controlled releases of water at this time.


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February 17, 2023 – Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that due to high reservoir levels and forecasted rain and mild temperatures, the company may soon be required to release 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 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;
  • The Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam spillway into the North Salmon River;
  • 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 may be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.