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Corps Of Engineers To Open Spillway At Lake Hartwell

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All of the recent rain means the Army Corps Of Engineers is getting ready to open the spillway on Lake Hartwell's dam. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Billy Birdwell) All of the recent rain means the Army Corps Of Engineers is getting ready to open the spillway on Lake Hartwell's dam. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Billy Birdwell)
ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. -

The Army Corps Of Engineers is getting ready to open the spillway on Lake Hartwell's dam.  The test will make sure the gates are working and can protect the dam and people downstream.

According to a press release, the spring and summer rains filled the reservoir into the flood-storage area, putting each above "full pool."

The Corps calls the test "visually dramatic" but says it will only have a small impact on the water levels.  It will lower Lake Hartwell by about 3 inches.

The tests start at Hartwell Dam July 10 at 1pm and last until 3:30pm.  The public can watch from designated viewing and parking areas. The Army Corps Of Engineers suggests visitors can observe the test from the fishing pier below the dam on the Georgia-side of the river. No parking, stopping or pedestrians will be allowed on the Highway 29 bridge.

They're asking boaters and swimmers to stay away from the area downstream from the dam.

They last tested Hartwell Dam in January 2010.

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