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Hurricane Sally may affect your dam

What to do to avoid dam, pond problems now

Do you have a pond and dam on your property?

You need to check your dam and safely lower the water level today.

You may have problems caused by heavy rainfall from Hurricane Sally.

Jill Stewart of DHEC’s Dam Safety Division said. "If there is a dam downstream of your dam and you are lowering your water level, please call the owner of that dam to advise him or her about what you are doing.

"Before and after the storm has passed, any accumulated trash and debris should be cleared from spillways."

Resources to help dam owners prepare can be found under the “Preparing and Responding to Events at Your Dam” link on DHEC’s Dam Safety Program website at scdhec.gov/dams .

DHEC plans an emergency notification system to automatically notify dam owners via voice calls, text messages and email to take step for the potential for impact of Hurricane Sally.

 "If failure of the dam might be imminent," she said, "the owner or operator should contact local public safety officials, downstream property owners and DHEC Dam Safety Program staff at 803-898-1939.”

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