All the heavy rain in the past few days has caused river levels to rise around the state and has even led to moderate flooding in some areas.
Flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service along some South Carolina rivers are still in effect late Wednesday.
The Congaree River continues to flow high in Lexington and Richland Counties, most notably at Congaree National Park in Gadsden where it has closed most of the park’s trails. The National Weather Service data reports moderate flooding near the Eastman Chemical plant in Gaston. The Congaree was nearly 10 feet above the flood stage at that point Wednesday, which is close to major flooding levels.
There is also moderate flooding reported in Columbia, where the river was 5 feet above the flood stage.
Meanwhile, hydroelectric officials are keeping an eye on the Catawba/Wateree River Basin in the state’s northern counties. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan says the company is managing its 13 dams along the basin like a chess game.
“When you start out with a lot of water at the top of the chain, you systematically move it through those lakes,” Sheehan said, “What they do is try to minimize the impact to customers along the way by letting water out in a very organized and systematic way.”
Lake Wylie, Cedar Creek and Fishing Creek are close to full pond levels while Lake Wateree went above full pond earlier today. Duke officials say it may take several weeks for lake and river levels to return to normal.
The Wateree River near Camden continues to affect Kershaw County and the Saluda River is still affecting Greenwood, Newbery, and Saluda Counties. Those areas are close to the flood level.
The National Weather Service says flooding is forecast until Thursday night.