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KC urges pond owners to lower water levels

Duke Energy lowering lake levels along Catawba chain

Posted: September 7, 2017 4:51 p.m.
Updated: September 8, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Out of extreme precaution, The Kershaw County Department of Safety and Emergency Services urges Kershaw County property owners to lower the water levels of private ponds in preparation for possible impacts from Hurricane Irma. Significant rainfall and flash flooding may result from Hurricane Irma’s arrival stateside beginning early next week. 

In addition, Duke Energy announced it would be releasing water from dams along the Catawba chain.

According to a press release from Duke Energy, the company is preparing for significant rainfall in both the upper and lower areas of the Catawba-Wateree River basin. 

“Preparations include proactively moving water out of our reservoirs and lowering lake levels to increase reservoir storage capacity.,” according to the release. 

“Before and after Hurricane Irma passes through, flow releases from reservoirs will be high. Please do not enter turbulent and swift water created by the hurricane. When boating, be especially cautious and observant for floating debris such as logs, limbs, docks.,” the release stated.

“As always, we encourage those living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas to pay special attention to changing weather conditions and take any necessary precautions. We will provide additional updates if conditions change,” according to the release.

For more inforamtion on lake levels, go to the eebsite at or call (800) 829-5253.


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