Santee Cooper increases water flow again from Lake Marion

Two days after doubling the volume of water it’s releasing into the Santee River from Lake Marion, Santee Cooper has doubled it again.

The increase was in response to high water from recent rains, still streaming into the lake from feeder rivers, said Mollie Gore, corporate communications manager.

Georgetown County residents have reported no flooding problems in the Santee downstream of the lake, and the county’s emergency managers don’t expect problems from the new flow, said Cindy Grace emergency management coordinator.

“We’ll monitor it,” she said. The county’s residents in low-lying riverside homes would be among the first to see trouble.

The new release — 150,000 gallons per second — is the same volume that was released for several days in May without causing problems. But after the recent rains, the Santee is fuller than it was then.

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