SC urges owners to lower dam levels ahead of Hurricane Sally

SC urges owners to lower dam levels ahead of Hurricane Sally
View of a dam. (Source: CNews/ Donna Stoker)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina environmental officials are urging owners and operators of reservoirs across the state to be ready to handle potentially heavy rainfall in the coming days as Hurricane Sally makes landfall and drenches inland areas.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control on Tuesday said the agency had performed “pre-hurricane season assessments of all dams of concern.”

In issuing guidance, Jill Stewart, director of DHEC’s Dam Safety and Stormwater Permitting Division, said owners should also notify anyone operating a dam downstream of their property if they are lowering water levels, and also clear trash and debris from spillways.

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