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Thurmond Lake rises to highest level since late 2011

Monday, March 25, 2013 1:18 PM
Last updated 7:31 PM
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Weekend rainfall across Georgia’s upstate regions boosted Thurmond Lake to its highest level in 18 months.

The reservoir’s pool level Monday afternoon rose to 322.86 feet above sea level, representing a 7.41-foot gain since Dec. 31.

The lake’s normal full pool is 330 feet above sea level, but an extended drought has kept water levels low for almost two years.

According to the Army Corps of Engineers’ online database, the last time the lake reached or surpassed Monday’s level was on Sept. 24, 2011, when the pool was measured at 323.01.

Weekend rainfall totals averaged just over 2 inches throughout much of Columbia County, with higher levels in the upper end of the Savannah River Basin.

Monthly rainfall totals so far were 3.88 inches at Thurmond Lake, at 3.49 inches at Lake Russell and 3.77 inches in the Lake Hartwell region.

The lake is expected to rise about 3 more feet, to 326, by late June, according to corps projections.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 03/25/13 - 03:19 pm

That projection for June is not worth the paper it is written on.

itsanotherday1 03/25/13 - 04:15 pm
No, it isn't because they

No, it isn't because they continue to increase outflow as the lake rises, even though the lower flows have satisfied downstream needs for 18 months.

Jan Warren Holley
Jan Warren Holley 03/26/13 - 11:07 am
lake level

It does not matter how much rain we get north of the lake, when you cross the bridge at I-20 and you cannot see any rocks, it's because they are letting it loose at the dam. The corp of engineers does not care about recreation at all. It's all about generating power for South Carolina.

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