Santee Cooper to test dam sirens Aug. 28
Santee Cooper will test its Santee Dam sirens and emergency systems Aug. 28.
The test, part of the state-owned utility’s emergency action plan in case the dam fails, will be coordinated with municipal, county, state and federal agencies.
The utility will test its sirens below the dam in the Santee River floodplain as well as its tone alert radios and telephone-based warning system, which are used to alert residents in portions of Berkeley, Charleston. Clarendon, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties in case of an emergency.
Construction of the 8-mile Santee Dam was completed in 1941 as part of the Santee-Cooper Hydroelectric and Navigation Project.