Dam Owners Told to Prepare for Heavy Rainfall

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Dam owners across South Carolina are being told to prepare for significant rainfall due to Hermine.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is asking dam owners to evaluate their pond levels and any need to lower them in coordination with dam owners downstream. DHEC also wants them to ensure that spillways are clear and functioning properly so that water can pass through the dam.

During last year's flood, many dams across South Carolina burst, adding to the problems caused by the historic rainfall.

"We are closely monitoring the status of the tropical 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."

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


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