Public Safety Advisory – Controlled Release of Water

October 10, 2016 – Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that, due to the significant precipitation being experienced in the central and southern areas of the Island portion of the province, there is a potential for water releases in the following areas:
Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland. The company may begin to release water at its Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River.

Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland. The company may begin to release water at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure and 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 Jeddore Lake/Bay d’Espoir area in Southern Newfoundland. The Company advises that it may be required to initiate a controlled water release at the Salmon River Spillway. This will result in higher than normal flows in the Salmon River and closure of the access road to the Upper Salmon Development which will prevent traffic from entering or leaving the area.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows are higher than normal and may be unpredictable. Water releases at spillways could begin at any time.