Water to be released through Main Dam next week

Paul Hutchings
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In what is seemingly becoming a yearly event, Deer Lake Power announced late Thursday that at least one of the doors of the Main Dam will be opened on Tuesday, March 18, creating a controlled spill.

High water levels are being cited as the reason for the action by company representatives. They said in a release that a higher-than-normal spring runoff could take place this year because of the record amounts of snow the region has seen this winter. The same scenario took place last spring when three doors were opened at the Main Dam, causing high water levels on the Humber River and in the lake.

Residents with homes bordering Deer Lake’s beach saw levels rise past their property lines. Some basement flooding was reported, a lakeside camping area was unaccessible and the beach was completely underwater. On a lighter note, last year some Deer Lake families made a trip to the dam to watch the doors opening.

There is no word as of yet how long the controlled spill will last but last year the doors were left open for just over a week. Deer Lake Power is urging anyone near water to use caution after the spill begins. Like last year, the water will flow through the dam’s doors, down Junction Brook and into the Upper Humber River near Reidville. The company is also warning that the excess water could lead to unstable ice conditions in the Upper Humber River and on Deer Lake.

Geographic location: Upper Humber River, Deer Lake, Reidville

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