Expect Increased Water Releases from Savannah River Basin Reservoirs

July 11, 2013

The last ten days in northeast Georgia has resulted in an extraordinary amount of excess rainfall; over six hundred percent above normal amounts in some areas.

These conditions have resulted in extremely saturated soils, higher that normal inflows, and water levels occupying the flood storage capacity of all three Savannah River Basin reservoirs: Russell, Hartwell, and Thurmond.

Potentially hazardous conditions that are a result of the high water and increased flows including floating debris, submerged retaining walls, and higher river velocity down stream of the previously mentioned dams.

Lake Russell is roughly 5ft above its full pool elevation of 475ft-msl.

Over the next few weeks water will continue to be released until all Lakes are back down to normal levels.

In addition, there are a few Corps of Engineer recreation facility closures in the Lake Russell area which includes all beaches, as well as power being removed from gas dock and eighty slip docks in Beaver Dam, and the lowest walkway at the fishing pier below the dam.

For additional up to date information on the three lakes, you can view the Savannah District Facebook page or follow the district’s twitter feed: @SavannahCorps.