Broad River diversion dam work delayed

March 11, 2014 

This week’s planned repairs of the Columbia Canal diversion dam gate on the Broad River has been put on hold because of high water levels.

The work was scheduled to begin Monday, but heavy rains last week pushed the river well above normal levels. Lockhart Power, which manages the hydropower station on the canal, decided to delay the work for two weeks, said Bryan Stone, chief operating officer of Lockhart Power.

When the work is done, downstream flow in the Broad from the diversion dam to the confluence with the Saluda River will be greatly restricted for about four days. But the delay means the work shouldn’t impact recreation on the river this weekend.

-- Joey Holleman

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