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 Santee Dam 

Additional rainfall throughout South Carolina over the past several days increased inflows to the Santee Cooper Lakes system.

To manage lake levels, Santee Cooper began a controlled spilling operation Wednesday at the Santee Dam on Lake Marion. Santee Cooper concluded a 10-day spill on Nov. 26.

The flow is 10,000 cubic feet of water per second (or about 4.5 million gallons per minute) into the Santee River. Spilling is expected to continue for the next several days.

Santee Cooper’s dams and dikes are secure. Spilling is a normal part of Santee Cooper’s hydroelectric operations in periods of increased inflows into the lakes.

Information will also be updated each business day on the lakes information line, 1-800-92LAKES.

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