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UPDATED: Does SCE&G plan to open Lake Murray’s floodgates ahead of the storm?

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Updated 4:06 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

SCE&G officials were planning a drawdown of Lake Murray beginning in October, in part to help curb the growth of nuisance vegetation. But have those plans changed with the approach of Hurricane Florence?

SCE&G has increased power generation to full capacity at the Saluda Hydro Plant “to make additional room for rain and runoff.” At full load, the power plant can pass 480 million gallons of water per hour from Lake Murray into the Lower Saluda River, SCANA spokespeople wrote in an email.

As of Friday at 4 p.m., the lake was at 355.2 feet elevation.

SCE&G officials will monitor the storm forecasts and make adjustments as needed.

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