• Continuing rains lead water releases from dams and treacherous roads
By Linda Green

The persistent and excessive rainfall throughout the CSRA is rapidly filling Hartwell, Russell and Clarks Hill lakes and the U.S. Corp of Engineers is releasing water from area dams to make room for additional rainwater in the lakes and reservoirs.
Within the last 10 days, the extraordinary amount of rain has resulted in more than 600 percent of the average rainfall for this time of the year, according to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.
The result has been extremely saturated soil, and higher than normal water levels occupying the flood storage capacity of the reservoirs at Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond, the corps said.
As of July 9, elevation at Hartwell Lake was 664.5 (ft-msl), at Richard B. Russell, 479.1 ft.-msl, and at J. Strom Thurmond 332.2 ft.-msl.

To read more on this story, see the Sun., July 14, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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