Public Safety Advisory – UPDATED Controlled Release of Water

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that due to the significant precipitation over the central and southern areas of the Island portion of the province earlier this week, water releases have begun in several locations.

  • Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland. The Company has stopped releasing water at its Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River for the time being. There is a potential for additional releases.
  • Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland. The Company is bypassing water at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure and releasing water at the Granite Canal Spillway and the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River. Releases at the spillway or overflow dykes may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off.
  • The Jeddore Lake/Bay d’Espoir area in Southern Newfoundland. The Company is releasing water 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.

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.