May rainfall ranks normal

After receiving above-average rainfall in April, the Savannah River reservoirs recorded normal rainfall levels for the month of May. The Hartwell sub-basin received 98.6 percent of normal rainfall for the month, and Thurmond received 101.7 percent of normal.


Nearly half of the month’s rainfall occurred in a single rain event on May 15—dumping 2.7 inches at both Hartwell and Russell and 2.3 inches at Thurmond.

Lake levels remained fairly constant throughout the month. Hartwell Lake remained within 1 foot above full summer pool (660 feet above mean sea level) and Thurmond Lake remained within 1 foot below full pool (330 ft-msl). We continue to target an elevation of about a half foot below full pool at Thurmond while workers perform gate repairs at the dam.

~Tracy Robillard, public affairs specialist


About US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District oversees a multi-million dollar military construction program at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina. We also manage water resources across the Coastal Georgia region, including maintenance dredging of the Savannah and Brunswick harbors; operation of three hydroelectric dams and reservoirs along the upper Savannah River; and administration of an extensive stream and wetland permitting and mitigation program within the state of Georgia. Follow us on Twitter @SavannahCorps and on
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