Public Safety Advisory for the Controlled Release of Water (December 5, 2013)

December 5, 2013 – Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that as a result of the recent high rainfall, reservoir levels and channel flows are very high and releases of water are required at many of its facilities.
The Company is releasing water at the following locations:
  • Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland – the Company is releasing water at Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook.
  • Jackson’s Arm and White Bay area on the Great Northern Peninsula – the Company is releasing water from Cat Arm Spillway into the Cat Arm River.
  • Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland – the Company is releasing water at the Burn Dam Spillway into the White Bear River.
  • Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland – the Company is bypassing water at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure.
  • Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland – the Company is again releasing water at North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North SalmonRiver.
  • Jeddore Lake/Bay d’Espoir area in Southern Newfoundland. The Company is releasing water at the Salmon River Spillway. Flows in the Salmon River are higher than normal and the access road to the Upper Salmon Development is closed; traffic is prevented from entering or leaving the area.
The release of water has stopped at Hinds Lake Spillway through Hinds Lake Brook into Grand Lake in Western Newfoundland but additional releases may be required. The bridge across Hinds Lake Brook remains closed. 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 or end at any time.