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Santee Cooper testing Santee Dam sirens April 4


<p>(File photo by Jim Huff/Santee Cooper)</p>

(File photo by Jim Huff/Santee Cooper)

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. — Santee Cooper will conduct a test of its 15 warning sirens for the Santee River floodplain in Berkeley, Clarendon and Williamsburg counties on Monday, April 4. The tests are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and last a few minutes.

As part of the test, Santee Cooper will set off each siren in test mode, which includes about a one-minute siren followed by a pre-recorded message and a live announcement concluding the exercise. Employees will be collecting information on the wail time, message clarity, completeness, and volume for both the pre-recorded and live announcements.

Santee Cooper conducts these siren tests twice a year to verify the emergency system is functioning properly. Construction of the 8-mile Santee Dam was completed in 1941 as part of the Santee Cooper Hydroelectric and Navigation Project.

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