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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2016

Dam, reservoir owners, operators should prepare for significant rainfall

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The National Weather Service has announced the potential for significant rainfall in portions of the Midlands and coastal South Carolina. The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is encouraging dam owners to evaluate their pond levels and the need to lower water levels in coordination with dam owners downstream. DHEC also is advising owners of dams that they should ensure that spillways are clear and functioning properly so that water can safely pass through the dam.

"We are closely monitoring the status of the tropical storm system and are working with the S.C. Emergency Management Division to directly notify dam owners of the potential for significant rainfall and the need to monitor the condition of their dams," said DHEC Bureau of Water Chief David Baize. "We encourage owners of dams in the areas of the state that are forecasted to receive rainfall to monitor water levels, spillways and the overall condition of a dam prior to, during and after a significant rainfall event. This includes ensuring that spillways are clear and functioning properly so that water can safely pass through the dam."

Clogged spillways can cause overtopping and potential failure of a dam, which can affect people and property downstream.  

Dam owners are responsible for monitoring the water levels, spillways, and the overall condition of their dam. 

For more information about South Carolina's Dam Safety Program, visit http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/WaterQuality/DamsReservoirs/.

For more general tips on what you can do to prepare for tropical storms, visit DHEC's page here

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