If you have plans to recreate on or around the Saluda River today, be extra careful.
SCE&G plans to release enough water from the Lake Murray dam to push the river higher than normal. The releases are from 3 a.m.-2 p.m. today. They also were planned for Thursday.
Water levels can remain high downstream for hours after releases are completed. The planned releases will be high enough to cover some islands in the middle of the river.
Because the Saluda flows into the Congaree River, water levels will be higher than typical on the Congaree, too.
For those who like to plan ahead to take advantage of SCE&G’s scheduled water releases, more are planned April 10-12, according to the company’s web site. Scheduled releases are done for a variety of reasons, including testing equipment, allowing for swift-water rescue training and studying river wildlife.