Public Safety Advisory: Controlled Releases Continue; Potential for Additional

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that controlled releases of water continue and there is potential for additional releases in central and southern Newfoundland.

Controlled releases continue in the following areas:

  • In the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland, controlled releases continue at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure, the Granite Canal Spillway, and the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road and into Grey River.
  • In the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland controlled releases continue at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River.

There is  potential for releases in the following areas:

  •  In 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.
  •  In the Star Lake area in Central Newfoundland. The Company may begin to release water at Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Red Indian Lake.

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.