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UPDATE: Public Advisory: Potential for Controlled Water Release in Central Newfoundland

December 22nd, 2023

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers in the Jackson’s Arm and White Bay area on the island’s Northwest Coast that the Company has now started releasing water at the Cat Arm Spillway into the Cat Arm River.

Additionally, the Company is also continuing to release water at the following locations:

  • the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River;
  • the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure, as well as at 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;
  • the Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North Salmon River.

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


Previous Advisory: December 21, 2023

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers in the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland that the Company has now started releasing water at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure, as well as at 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.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is also advising residents, cabin owners and travellers in the Jackson’s Arm and White Bay area on the island’s Northwest Coast that the Company may begin to release water at the Cat Arm Spillway into the Cat Arm River. Releases may begin at any time in the coming days.

Furthermore, the Company is also continuing to release water at the following locations:

  • the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River; and
  • the Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North Salmon River.

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


Previous Advisory: December 20, 2023

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers in the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland that the Company has now started releasing water at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is also advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that the Company may begin to release water at the following locations because of ongoing heavy rainfall. Releases may begin at any time in the coming days:

  • the Jackson’s Arm and White Bay area on the island’s Northwest Coast at the Cat Arm Spillway into the Cat Arm River;
  • the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland at the Granite Canal Spillway, the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River, and the Granite Canal Bypass Structure. Releases at the spillway or overflow dykes may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off.

Furthermore, the Company is also continuing to release water at the following locations:

  • the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • the Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North Salmon River.

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


Previous Advisory: December 19, 2023

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that the Company may begin to release water at the following locations because of anticipated heavy rainfall:

  • In the Jackson’s Arm and White Bay area on the island’s Northwest Coast at the Cat Arm Spillway into the Cat Arm River.
  • the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River;
  • the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland at the Granite Canal Spillway, the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River, and at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure. Releases at the spillway or 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. Furthermore, the Company is continuing to release water at the following locations:

  • In the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • In the Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North Salmon River.

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


Previous Advisory: December 18, 2023

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that the Company may begin to release water at the following locations because of anticipated heavy rainfall:

  • the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River;
  • the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland at the Granite Canal Spillway, the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River, and at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure. Releases at the spillway or 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. Furthermore, the Company is continuing to release water at the following locations:

  • In the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • In the Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North Salmon River.

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



Media Contact:

Jill Pitcher
Senior Communications Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
t. 709.737.1219 / c. 709.689.9938 e. JillPitcher@nlh.nl.ca