Public Safety Advisory: Controlled Water Release at the Jacopie Spillway has ended

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising the public that the controlled water release from the upper Churchill reservoir at the Jacopie Spillway has ended.

Safety is always our number one priority. The public is advised to always use extreme caution around dykes, dams and spillways as water levels in these areas are always unpredictable.


June 24, 2024, 9:10 p.m.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising the public of a controlled water release to occur from the upper Churchill reservoir at the Jacopie Spillway commencing the evening of Monday, June 24, 2024. The expected duration of the release is unknown.

In addition to the evacuation zone, the public is advised to avoid the following areas:

  • Jacopie and Whitefish Spillways, including boat launch areas;
  • The Churchill River Bed downstream of the Jacopie Spillway;
  • The Churchill River Walking Trail; and
  • East and west forebay water storage areas located north of the community of Churchill Falls

Lowering the level in the reservoir is a precautionary measure as part of our fire response. As communicated earlier this evening, teams are intently monitoring forecasts as tomorrow will be a critical day for suppression efforts. Water management is an important consideration in protecting the plant assets.

We will advise once the controlled release of water has ended.

Safety is always our number one priority. The public is advised to always use extreme caution around dykes, dams and spillways as water levels in these areas are always unpredictable.

Media inquiries:
jillpitcher@nlh.nl.ca
689-9938