Update (May 22nd) – Public Safety Advisory: Controlled Release of Water in Granite Canal Area

May 12th, 2017

Update as of May 22, 2017:

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that the Company continues to release water in some areas.

Star Lake in Central Newfoundland. The Company is releasing water at Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Red Indian Lake.

Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland. The Company is no longer releasing water at the Granite Canal Overflow Spillways along Burnt Dam access road or at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure. The potential for additional releases remains.

People are advised to continue to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows are higher than normal and may be unpredictable.



Previous Advisory: 

May 17, 2017 – Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that due to increased temperatures and snow melt being experienced in the central and southern areas of the Island portion of the province, the Company is releasing water in the following areas:

Star Lake in Central Newfoundland. The Company is releasing water at Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Red Indian Lake.

Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland. The Company is releasing water at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure and at the Granite Canal Overflow Spillways along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River. Releases at the overflow spillway may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off.

The potential spill advisory has been removed in the following areas:

Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland. The possibility of releases in the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland, is over for now.

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.



Previous Advisory:

May 15, 2017 – Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers that due to increased temperatures and snow melt being experienced in the central and southern areas of the island portion of the province, Hydro is releasing water in the following areas:

Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland. The Company is releasing water at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure and at the Granite Canal Overflow Spillways along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River. Releases at the overflow spillway may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off.

Star Lake in Central Newfoundland. The Company has begun to release water at Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Red Indian Lake.

In addition to this there is a potential for water releases in the following areas:

Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland. The Company may begin to release water at its Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows are higher than normal and may be unpredictable.



Previous Advisory:

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that water is being released in the Granite Canal area accessed from central Newfoundland. Water is being released at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure and 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.

In addition, there is a potential for water releases in the following areas:

Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland. Water release may begin at Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River.

Star Lake in Central Newfoundland. There is a potential that releases may be required at Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Red Indian Lake.

People are advised to to use this area with great caution as water levels and flows are higher than normal and may be unpredictable.



Media Contact:

Erin Squires
Manager of Communications, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
709.737-1311 e. erinsquires@nlh.nl.ca