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October 30, 2015

Dam, reservoir owners, operators should lower water levels as rain approaches

COLUMBIA - Owners and operators of reservoirs statewide should check their dams today, and through the next few days, for possible problems caused by heavy rainfall expected to begin late Sunday, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

"Owners of reservoirs should take the appropriate steps to safely lower the water level in their reservoir if additional storage for the anticipated rainfall is needed," said Chuck Gorman with DHEC's dam safety program. "If there is a dam downstream of your dam and you are lowering your water level, please call the owner of that dam and advise him or her about what you are doing. Before and after the rains have passed, any accumulated trash and debris should be cleared from spillways."

The S.C. State Climate Office forecasts up to four inches of rain in northern parts of the Midlands and Upstate between Sunday and Tuesday.

"Dam owners should be aware of the conditions at their dams during such events," Gorman said. "If such problems develop that failure of the dam might be imminent, the owner or operator of the dam should contact the downstream property owners and the local public safety officials."


Jim Beasley
Public Information Director