July 24th, 2024

CP NewsAlert: Wildlife in central Labrador has jumped the Churchill River

By The Canadian Press on June 25, 2024.

CHURCHILL FALLS, N.L. – The wildfire in Labrador threatening the evacuated town of Churchill Falls jumped over the Churchill River earlier today, increasing the risk to the skeleton crew operating the town’s massive hydroelectric generating station.

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey made the announcement during a news conference in St. John’s, saying there was heightened risk to the plant and the town.

Jennifer Williams, president of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, says if the fire gets worse, the Crown corporation has plans to evacuate the generating station and operate it remotely from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, a three-hour drive to the east.

Williams says the power being produced by the generating station has already been reduced, which will make it easier if evacuations are needed.

She says the reduction in output is not having an impact on customers in Labrador and Quebec.

The premier said six waterbombers are fighting the fire.

More coming.

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