UPDATED: Public Advisory: Risk of Flooding on Beothuk Lake

December 22, 2023, 9:30 a.m.

Our teams continue to monitor water levels in the area.

Beothuk Lake reached its summer full supply level this morning. Our water management team has indicated that the water flowing into the watershed has peaked and is now declining. It will take some time to see the impact in the reservoir. While inflows have peaked, water levels remain higher than normal.

Again, these are unprecedented water levels and people should continue to use great caution in the area. Some areas may not be accessible due to road conditions.

Hydro continues to monitor both the forecast and water levels closely and will post updates as available.

December 21, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

Please be advised, Hydro is responding to rapidly rising water levels at Beothuk Lake, as a result of the major rainfall event.

Hydro is advising cabin owners in the area of an increased risk of flooding the next 24-48 hours. In particular, the risk of flooding is highest in Sandy Point (west side of lake), Buchan’s Landing and other areas that are closer to the lake shoreline. We are seeing unprecedented water levels building in the lake and people are urged to use great caution and heightened awareness as water levels will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

Throughout today, there has been a sharp rise in Beothuk Lake levels. Despite our water management efforts, the increasing lake level has become a concern. Unless the rate of rise slows, we expect the lake could reach its summer full supply levels as early as tomorrow morning.

Hydro will be monitoring both the forecast and water levels closely over the coming hours and days, and we have mobilized our Emergency Response teams and are coordinating with GNL and local communities to provide timely updates.

Updates will continue to be posted to our website.