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Swollen Rivers, Dams Worry Neighbors

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A dam on the Pacolet River A dam on the Pacolet River

Homeowners saw the effect of heavy rains to the north coming roaring down the Pacolet River over the weekend.

They’re keeping an eye on the dams hoping they will hold up with all the excess water.

Officials with Spartanburg Water System keep a close eye on electronic monitoring gauges for reservoirs and rivers.

They can control or release the water through dams, and they do so to keep the water levels manageable and to cause minimal damage downstream.

Resident Kenneth Erwin said they do a good job, because it can get scary when the water rises.

“About 10 years ago they had people come around and tell us to evacuate. They thought if Blalock Dam busted it would take this [Converse] dam out and it would be a flood like there was in 1903,” Erwin said.

About a mile south, swimmers stayed clear of a roaring waterfall off a damn.

Some said the water rose up and flooded the entire beach 60 feet away from the normal riverbank.

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