180 SC Dams Inspected Ahead of Hurricane Florence

September 13, 2018, 11:04 am EST | Share:

COLUMBIA, SC (WTAT-TV) — State leaders are doing what they can to avoid a repeat of 2015.

Epic flooding rains caused serious concerns for dams around the state.

That is why DHEC officials say they have inspected 180 dams ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Bruce Guignard knows the drill all-too-well. He lives in Forest Acres up in the Midlands which took a major hit three years ago.

“We had about 5-feet of water inside our house and about 8 or 9-feet outside,” he recalled of his Lake Katherine home. “I ended up elevating the house and rebuilding.”

The home owners association there said one of the reasons Lake Katherine flooded in 2015 was because of a dam issue at Fort Jackson. That is not expected this time around.

DHEC officials are encouraging dam owners to inspect spillways.

In anticipation of storm impact on the Saluda Basin, SCE&G officials released water from Lake Murray through their Saluda Hydro facility.

They plan to continue to manage it throughout the storm. You can monitor the lake levels at sceg.com/about-us/lakes-and-recreation.