Santee Cooper Begins 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 started a controlled spilling operation on Thursday, May 21, at the Santee Dam on Lake Marion.
The flow began at 6 a.m. at a rate of 25,000 cubic feet of water per second into the Santee River, 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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