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Santee Cooper concludes controlled spill at Santee Dam



10/14/2015

<p>Photo taken last week as Santee Cooper released water through the spillway on the Santee Dam (Jim Huff/Santee Cooper)</p>

Photo taken last week as Santee Cooper released water through the spillway on the Santee Dam (Jim Huff/Santee Cooper)

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. — Santee Cooper ended its controlled spill at the Santee Dam on Lake Marion this morning.

Spilling began on Sunday, Oct. 4, after historic rainfalls drenched much of South Carolina. Santee Cooper reached a peak target of 75,000 cubic feet of water per second (cfs) on Wednesday, Oct. 7, with water flows resulting in actual spilling of up to 85,000 cfs, and the utility began reducing the spill volume on Friday, Oct. 9. Santee Cooper’s 40 miles of dams and dikes remained secure throughout spilling operations.

Spilling is a normal part of Santee Cooper’s hydroelectric operations in periods of heightened inflows into the Santee Cooper Lakes and was confined to Lake Marion and the Santee River system through a designed spillway structure.

Santee Cooper is South Carolina's largest power provider, the largest Green Power generator and the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state. Through its low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity and water services, and through innovative partnerships and initiatives that attract and retain industry and jobs, Santee Cooper powers South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.santeecooper.com