Public Safety Advisory: Southern Labrador residents use caution in St. Paul’s River Road area due to ice buildup on power lines

April 1st, 2024

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising the public in Southern Labrador to avoid the transmission lines on the St. Paul’s River Road due to heavy ice buildup. Heavy ice can fall from overhead lines and also brings lines lower to the ground than usual – posing a safety risk to anyone below.

The ice buildup also damaged the line resulting in wires and lines on the ground. While not energized, this also poses additional hazards. Hydro crews will be in the area in the coming days to conduct repairs and we thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

Remember to use caution and be safe near all power lines and electrical facilities. While transmission line rights-of way may appear to be an ideal trail for outdoor activities and recreational vehicles, it’s best to avoid them given the hazards, such as guy wires, that can often be difficult to spot.

Be safe near transmission lines:

  • Avoid rights-of-way
  • Have 360 degree awareness – Look up, down, left and right to identify potential hazards
  • Be aware of your surroundings and nearby transmission infrastructure
  • Watch for overhead ice and snow that may fall from lines and towers
  • Respect safety signage and restricted areas
  • Be aware of uneven terrain

If you see a downed line, stay back at least 15 metres (49 feet), and call us immediately at 1-888-737-1296.

Media Contact:

Jill Pitcher
Senior Communications Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
t. 709.737.1219 / c. 709.689.9938 e.