Drivers crossing the Thurmond Dam may have noticed two-way traffic resumed this week. That means workers finished the gate repairs on the dam. The one-way traffic ensured safety for workers. One-way began in February 2010, ended in the summer of 2013 but returned in January 2014.
The completion of the gate repairs means more than just easier traffic across the dam. It also means we no longer need to hold Thurmond Lake below full summer pool.
Worker safety dictated we hold the level 1 to 2 feet below full summer pool, (at about 328 to 329 feet above mean sea level) during the years of repair.
With the work complete, water managers can once again target for 330 ft-msl.
Of course, reservoir levels still remain subject to rainfall. Water managers, however, can resume following the Savannah District Water Manual.
“When inflows are sufficient we target full pool,” Stan Simpson, a Savannah District water manager, said.
Currently, Hartwell and Thurmond lakes almost balance with both less than 2 feet below full summer pool.
— Billy Birdwell, Corporate Communications Office