Santee Cooper Will Begin Controlled Spilling at Santee Dam

Santee Cooper Will Begin Controlled Spilling at Santee Dam

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. -- Heavy rainfall throughout the area and in the watershed feeding the Santee Cooper Lakes increased inflows to the Santee Cooper Lakes system. To manage lake levels, Santee Cooper is starting a controlled spilling operation on Friday, Nov. 13, at the Santee Dam on Lake Marion.

The flow will begin at noon at a rate of 10,000 cubic feet of water per second into the Santee River. Tomorrow, Santee Cooper plans to increase the spill to 20,000 cubic feet of water per second, and the operation will continue until further notice.

Santee Cooper’s dams and dikes are secure. Spilling is a normal part of Santee Cooper’s hydro operations in periods of increased inflows into the lakes. Information will also be updated each business day on the lakes’ information line, 1-800-92LAKES.

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