Despite rising water level at Hartwell and Russell reservoirs, enough storage area remains to delay opening the spillway gates – rumors notwithstanding.
As of this post the water level at Lake Hartwell is 663.1 feet above mean sea level, almost 2 full feet below full capacity. Both Russell and J. Strom Thurmond reservoirs have more than 2.5 feet of available capacity.
The upper basin received about 1.4 inches of rain over the last 24 hours, which is moderately less than the forecasted 2 to 4 inches we anticipated. However, natural inflows into Lake Hartwell remain greater than the current discharge rate, causing the reservoir to continue climbing.
Conditions beyond today may still require opening spillway gates at all three reservoirs, especially if the basin receives more noteworthy rainfall in the next three to five days.
On a related note: Our water manager page and app have recently undergone a security patch. Unfortunately we can’t simply “redirect” visitors to the new site. The new URL is: https://water.sas.usace.army.mil/. You will note the addition of an “s” after http. You may get a warning that the page is not secure, but there is no risk to the user. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
We will continue to provide updates as needed on this blog. For questions or concerns, please post a comment. ~Russell Wicke, Corporate Communications Office