Santee Cooper begins new spilling operation at Santee Dam
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – Heavy rainfall throughout South Carolina over the past several days is increasing inflows to the Santee Cooper Lakes system. To manage lake levels, Santee Cooper will begin a controlled spilling operation this afternoon at the Santee Dam, on Lake Marion.
Plans call for a spill of 20,000 cubic feet per second (or about 9,000,000 gallons per minute) of water into the Santee River. Spilling is expected to continue into next week. Information will also be updated each business day on the lakes information line, 1-800-92LAKES.
Santee Cooper’s dams and dikes are secure. Spilling is a normal part of Santee Cooper’s hydroelectric operations in periods of increased flows into the lakes.