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UPDATED – Public Safety Advisory: Possibility of controlled release of water ended

April 18th, 2016

Update April 21, 2016

Public Safety Advisory

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that the potential requirement for controlled water releases is over for the time being. People are advised to use all reservoir areas with great caution as water levels may be unpredictable.


Previous Advisory:

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that controlled water releases may be required in the Granite Canal area if additional heavy rain or snowmelt occurs in the coming days.

  • In the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland controlled releases may be required at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure.
  • There is also the possibility of release from the Granite Canal Spillway and the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River.

Please note that the possibility of releases in the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland, are over for now.

Granite and Burnt Reservoirs are both small and have little storage volume. Intense rainfall and rapidly melting snow can lead to inflows greater than the capacity of the outlet structures and therefore require controlled release of water through other structures.

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



Media Contact:

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