Delayed Broadway Lake Dam repairs keep boaters docked

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BROADWAY LAKE, S.C. (WSPA) – Months after flooding pushed the state to inspect dams statewide, Upstate residents are still waiting for repairs on Broadway Lake in Anderson county.

The waters have been lowered making the popular lake unusable for boaters this summer.

“We can’t do anything,” said Carol Thrasher, a Broadway Lake homeowner. “We can’t even in parts of this step out in it because it is so mushy. We have to go over to the neighbor’s property to get in the lake.”

After living on Broadway Lake for over 12 years, carol says she’s never seen the waters this low for so long.

“I don’t know what we can do about it. It is very frustrating,” she said.

Last fall after flooding hit South Carolina hard, DHEC ordered Anderson County to immediately lower the lake over concerns for a potential dam failure.

“We definitely want to keep everyone safe and protect the public,” said Jon Batson, the Anderson County Storm Water Manager. “We also want to protect the lake.”

The waters remained low during an investigation of the damage that took much longer than expected. Now that the county has drawn plans to fix erosion at the dam, they’re waiting on the state for approval to move forward. Now, officials don’t believe the work will be finished until early next year.

“We appreciate their patience at this point,” Batson added. “It is taking longer than we hoped and expected but we hope to get a good product and get the lake back up as soon as possible.”

In the meantime, homeowners like carol can’t take their boats out on the water this summer, even if it was safe to do so. Her boat that was once surrounded by water is now surrounded by tall grass and mud.

“We can’t even get the boat out now to take it out to service or anything like that,” Carol explained. “It is very frustrating to see it like that.”

She hopes to see the repairs made sooner than the county is expecting, so her family can get back to enjoying their lake home.

“I love living here,” she said. “We enjoy the boat and riding around looking at property and just enjoying the lake.”

Anderson County Council has set aside $400,000 dollars for the Lake Broadway dam repairs. They’ve already spent around $107,000 to survey the dam and draw up the plans. Officials expect the state review of their plans could take up to three months.

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